The City of Rest is a rehabilitation project in Freetown – run by the Deliverance Ministry – offers counseling and support for recovering drug addicts, alcoholics and traumatized or delinquent youths.
The civil war in Sierra Leone (1991-2001) has been labeled “the cruelest in Africa’s recent history”. It is characterized by destruction – of property, but more so of human lives and values. Tens of thousands civilians died, hundreds of thousands were raped, burnt, tortured, enslaved, mutilated.
It is estimated that the war left 50,000 Sierra Leoneans psychotic and 300,000 others depressed and in need of psychiatric treatment. The ministry addresses problems of addiction, delinquency and even cases of demonic possession with rest, food and prayer. The City of Rest offers residential and daycare programs for both male and female patients between 11 and 35 years old.