The 2016 United Nations Day in support of Victims of Torture was commemorated by the Liberia Association of Psychosocial services (LAPS) in Bopolu-- the capital City of Gbarpolu County. The Theme for this year’s observance was “From Horror to Healing" and, it was carried out through the following activities: Parade through the principal streets of Bopolu and, later   an indoor program. Altogether, about 1000 persons were reached and they made remarks—promising to promote the healing processes of victims of torture.


During the parade, anti-torture songs were sung and the messages of this year’s theme: “from Horror to Healing” was displayed to the population of the city.


The indoor program was attended by community members, representatives of government line ministries, partner agencies, law enforcement officers, journalists, representatives of partner agencies and other stakeholders. During the indoor program, a role play was performed by LAPS staff on how torture was perpetrated during Liberia’s past civil war and present day. Besides, LAPS monitoring and Evaluation Manager (Mr. Cartor Tamba) who served as the keynote speaker, during the program, gave relevant information about torture including, a brief history of how and when the day came about, what is torture, potential perpetrators, the horrible effects of torture etc. and, made the audience feel that, it is everybody’s business to take step in preventing torture as well as, offering support that will facilitate the healing processes of torture victims.



Sunday, 11th April 2021