First World War Centenary 1914 -1918
The First World War (1914-1918) was one of the most significant events of the 20th Century.In August 2014 the world will mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
WHY SHOULD WE REMEMBER?
By the end of the First World War there were very few people in the countries that took part who remained unaffected.
The war reached out and touched almost everyone’s life in some way or other. Children grew up in the shadow of battle, their fathers absent or lost. Women became directly involved, picking up the pieces of industry and agriculture as the men went off to fight. By 1918, they too could join the army and serve their country.
WHY SHOULD WE STOP AND THINK ABOUT THOSE EVENTS THAT HAPPENED AND THE SOLDIERS WHO FOUGHT SO LONG AGO?
Findings upon research on statistics suggest that over 90,000 Africans fought as far afield as Palestine, India, Ceylon and Burma. (Half of who came from West Africa). 65,000 Ghanaians estimated were in the Royal West African Frontier Force during World War II. 30,000 Ghanaians also fought in Burma. Allied casualties in Burma were estimated to be 22,260.
Young men that were once robust and who fought a war with so much agility and pride have now been rendered weak. Today, how many Ghanaian veterans alive and living across all ten regions of Ghana can us as Ghanaians account for? Some of them turned out poor and vulnerable with no families or even careers to look after them. Many have died and others still struggling to live. A large number of the Ghanaian veterans living today are suffering greatly from one illness or the other. Such common illness includes prostate cancer, hearing loss, diabetes and other old age illnesses.
WHAT IS FORCES HELP GHANA DOING TO HELP?
Forces Help Ghana (FHG) is an organization set up to provide, enhance and maintain the quality of the direct welfare support given to our noble veterans and their families. This also includes preserving a sense of pride in the veterans’s community and to promote comradeship and fraternity between the Gold Coast veteran and the modern day veteran in all 3 services. ‘Our Mission is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of our Ghanaian ex-service personnel, assist each other and to provide unique direct programs and services to meet their needs’. Forces Help Ghana recognizes that the quality of ‘care’ and what it means to each individual veteran may come in many different forms. We want to make sure that whatever their needs and concerns may be, they receive the best of care Forces Help Ghana can provide.
Forces Help Ghana is doing far more work in highlighting the needs of the Ghanaian Veterans in areas of medical care, rehabilitation programs, mobility and professional care or assistance at home. In conjunction with the British High Commission, Veterans Administration, Ghana and the Royal Commonwealth Ex-service League, we employ our local organizations and firms to aid Forces Help Ghana provide assistance where needed and when it is needed. We are particularly conscious of the enduring place our veterans have in our society and we reach out not only to our leaders but individuals living in Ghana and in diaspora to support our Ghanaian heroes.
Our wish is for every one of us to embrace the duty of care to our veterans and stand shoulder to shoulder to honor them.
Forces Help Ghana, Supporting Our Veterans