Fr. Peter Konteh Advocates for Action Against Rising Drug Addiction Among Youth on Caritas Sunday


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Fr. Peter Konteh Advocates for Action Against Rising Drug Addiction Among Youth on Caritas Sunday

In a poignant address marking Caritas Sunday, Fr. Peter Konteh, the esteemed Executive Director of Caritas Freetown, delivered a heartfelt message calling for urgent action to address the alarming surge of drug addiction among the youth in our community. Against the backdrop of escalating concerns over the prevalence of dangerous substances like Kush, Fr. Konteh emphasized the critical need for collective efforts to combat this pressing issue and provide vital support to those affected.

Speaking with compassion and unwavering commitment, Fr. Konteh underscored the gravity of the situation, acknowledging the unfortunate reality of many young individuals falling prey to the vicious cycle of addiction due to a myriad of underlying factors. He stressed the importance of approaching the issue with empathy and understanding, steering the narrative away from judgment towards a narrative of support and empowerment for those struggling with substance abuse.

“As we gather on this solemn occasion of Caritas Sunday, we must confront the harsh realities faced by our youth, many of whom have become ensnared in the grip of addiction,” remarked Fr. Konteh. “We must stand together as a community, extending a hand of compassion and solidarity to those in need, and working tirelessly to address the root causes that perpetuate the cycle of substance abuse.”

Fr. Konteh highlighted the multifaceted challenges driving the surge of drug addiction among the youth, including socioeconomic disparities, peer pressure, trauma, and stress. High levels of poverty, limited opportunities for advancement, and the influence of peer groups can push vulnerable youth towards seeking solace in dangerous substances as a coping mechanism, perpetuating a cycle of dependency that hampers their well-being and potential for a bright future.

Moreover, the trauma inflicted by conflicts, violence, and adverse experiences further compounds the vulnerability of young individuals, making them susceptible to the allure of drugs as a temporary escape from their harsh realities. Fr. Konteh urged for a comprehensive approach that delves into the root causes of addiction, including addressing the supply chain that facilitates the proliferation of harmful substances within our communities.

“In the spirit of Caritas, let us embrace a culture of compassion, resilience, and empowerment as we stand in solidarity with those affected by addiction,” Fr. Konteh passionately urged. “Together, we can forge a path towards recovery, healing, and a renewed sense of hope for our youth, guiding them towards a brighter, drug-free future.”

As the community marks Caritas Sunday, Fr. Peter Konteh’s message serves as a poignant call to action, reminding us of our shared responsibility to protect and nurture the well-being of our youth, and to create a society founded on principles of compassion, support, and unity in the face of adversity. Through collaborative efforts and unwavering dedication, we can pave the way for a healthier, more resilient community where every individual has the opportunity to thrive and fulfil their potential.

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