You would have to be there to see the beaming face and energy of happiness steaming and sweat of excitement all seen in one person, Fatmata Jalloh who was released from the Female Correctional Centre in Freetown. She is two months pregnant.
Fatmata was sentenced by the Magistrate Court at Cline Town in the Eastern Part of Freetown on the 18th day of October for unlawful possession of items. The court charged her a fine of Le 5,500,000 (Five Million Five Hundred Thousand Leones) equivalent to (550 USD) Five Hundred and Fifty United State Dollars) or spends 44 Months imprisonment.
Due to her poor state of affairs and family members were unable to pay the fine, Fatmata had already begun serving her jail term at the Female Correctional Centre before her release on Wednesday 30th October, 2019.
Her matter was raised up by the Sierra Leone Correctional Centre Officials to the attention of the President and Founder of the Africa Health Initiative International (AHI) Mrs. Claudia Temple who is well known for her passion in helping people who are in dire need of help.
Fatmata was lucky as the Founder of AHI had already secured some funds from friends and well wishers after she launched a GoFundMe to raise funds towards the female inmate at the centre.
AHI raised a total of 1000 USD equivalent to 10 Million Leones which more than half of the said amount was disbursed for the released of Fatmata and the remaining sum was used to buy a 32 Inches LG Flat Screen Television and High Quality TV areal to enable the inmates to watch television programs based on a request made by the female correctional centre authorities.
Claudia Temple, a health care worker living in the United States of America has been providing supports to the Centre and other deprive groups especially people living with disabilities, women and children including the Government of Sierra Leone through donation of medical and sanitary materials.
She formed the organization to help people in this part of the continent where she comes from.
Fatmata expressed her thanks and appreciation to the Founder and President of AHI and all the donors that came to her rescue. She said she will live to tell this testimony.
“I was in deep regret that I would have given birth in prison, my first born child” says Fatmata. She continued to say words cannot describe how she felt when she received the news from the Centre officials that an organization had paid her fine.
Claudia thank all those who contributed cash and to the GoFundMe she launched over three months ago after she donated sanitary materials to all the female inmates during the observation of the World Menstrual Hygiene Day. This donation was inspired by the plea made during that occasion, Claudia mentioned.