We are 6 law students at Fourah Bay College, Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa. This is a blog about our experiences working as externs (like an intern but based in the field not the office) for 3 Non-Governmental Organisations in Freetown that work to defend the human rights of the poor and vulnerable in Sierra Leone.
The externs in professional mode
Friday, 13 January 2012
An introduction to the externs
My name is John Mans and I am a third year law student at Fourah Bay College. I have been placed for my legal externship at Defence for Children International (DCI). I feel happy that I have been given this opportunity by AdvocAid to be a part of a ground breaking venture and I intend making the most out of this opportunity.
Hello everyone, I am Alimamy Koroma, a second year student currently in the department of law at Fourah Bay College. I am currently placed at AdvocAid as a legal extern. I am a positive person with a lot of passion for human rights and justice. Since I started working in November 2012, I have gained a lot of experience with regards to the justice sector in Sierra Leone with all its challenges. The whole experience has been great and I'm looking forward to giving my best.
Hi, I'm Wibri John, a third year law student of Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. I am a legal extern placed with L.A.W.Y.E.R.S through a legal ai programme coordinated by AdvocAid. L.A.W.Y.E.R.S is an organisation that is there to help women yearning for equal rights and justice. I am currently more involved with helping victims of gender based violence and this has been a very rewarding experience for me. I am also confident that because of this experience I will be a better lawyer than I would have been without this opportunity. Knowing the law is one thing but being present when it is being put into practice is a whole new experience given the many obstacles in our legal system. Being part of this has given me the urge to be part of the next generation of lawyers who'll advocate for a change in our legal system and I believe that with time and more people presented with this same opportunity, this change will eventually happen.
Hawa and Esther with Marvell, AdvocAid's Freetown paralegal
Hi, I'm Hawanatu Kamara, a third year law student at the Fourah Bay College. I'm a legal extern working for AdvocAid which is an organisation helping to promote free legal aid in Sierra Leone, especially for women and children in conflict with the law. Reading the theoretical part of law and also having the opportunity to put it into practice to help others is a very challenging but rewarding opportunity for me and I intend to give it my best shot!
Hello, I am Vivienne Esther Kabia, a fourth year student at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. I am a legal extern (like a paralegal) working with L.A.W.Y.E.R.S under the externship programme that AdvocAid is co-ordinating. There is much to be done within our legal system. There has to be a starting point; laws have to be reformed, created, implemented and enforced. Above this, people have to be sensitized so they are aware of how the law operates, their rights upheld, and the necessary workforce trained and put in place.
Hello everyone. My name is Anrite Columbus Thompson. I am a 3rd year student in the department of law at Fourah Bay College. I am currently placed at Defence for Children International as a legal extern. Here I work to aid the process of educating, rehabilitating and securing justice for children in conflict with the law.