The ‘Digital Hope’ project supported by ITU explores the human rights of access to communication whilst utilizing communication technology to address human rights and enhance social change. An approximated 20,000 people were brutally amputated by machetes and guns during Sierra Leone’s civil war. These war victims are also marginalized from the mainstream of the information Society. The project ‘Digital Hope’ has began to target these amputees facing exclusion from ICT by providing the relevant ICT tools through an ICT
piloted multi-media community access centre at one of several amputee camps in the country. This is providing the war victims ICT skills, hope and healing and giving them a powerful voice in the mass media.
The beneficiaries are learning basic ICT skills, and this is creating a great access to learning for learners with disability, and the much needed space to share their war-time stories with the rest of the
one of the poorest in the world, hugely depending on international aid for survival, and meaning help for war victims has become one of the serious challenges in the country.
Over 50,000 people died as a result of the war, with thousands of people having their hands and legs chopped off and many more people displaced. Although there is peace across the entire country currently, most of the war victims, amputee survivors of war, still cannot live as normal human beings. Even though many have professions in wood carving, farming, capentary, Honda maintenance, gara dying and so on, they can hardly make a good living without a way to sell their products.