music serves as tool in UN-backed plan for peaceful elections in Sierra Leone
"Music is one of the most important resources of Sierra Leone," UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Victor Angelo says.
- UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Victor Angelo
If music be the food of love, then it can also serve to promote peaceful elections in a country recovering from a disastrous decade-long civil war. Such is the updating of the famous line from Shakespeare adapted by the United Nations and its partners to fit the upcoming polls in Sierra Leone.
More than a dozen well-known area musicians are touring the Sierra Leone countryside in a series of peace-promoting concerts as the small West African country prepares for presidential and parliamentary elections on 11 August, the second since it emerged in 2002 from a brutal conflict that saw thousands killed and many others with their limbs cut off in a terror-campaign of mutilation.