Fambul Tok (Family Talk): Healing the Wounds of War

Broadcast on August 01, 2012
With Libby Hoffman & John Caulker

John Caulker

Founder and President, Fambul Tok International; longtime Sierra Leonean human rights activist.
John Caulker founded and has led the implementation of the Fambul Tok program since its inception in 2007, first as the founding Executive Director of Forum of Conscience, and currently as the Executive Director of Fambul Tok International – Sierra Leone. Caulker became a human rights activist as a student leader during the initial years of the war in Sierra Leone. Risking his life to document wartime atrocities, he infiltrated rebel camps disguised as a rebel to gather information and stories to pass along to international organizations such as Amnesty International, Article 19, and Human Rights Watch. He founded Forum of Conscience as a human rights NGO in Sierra Leone in 1996. With Forum of Conscience, Caulker strove to prevent recurring violence by connecting the root causes of Sierra Leone’s brutal conflict to the need for rural community participation in the national decision making process and acknowledgement of wrong doing to victims through the reparations program. As the national chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Working Group, he pressured the government of Sierra Leone to implement the recommendations of the TRC’s 2004 report, and fought to ensure that some of the revenues from the sale of natural resources benefit Sierra Leoneans themselves in the form of a special fund for war victims.