City of Rest (CORE) is also a drug rehabilitation centre. The Deliverance Ministry runs the centre, which offers counselling and support for recovering drug addicts, alcoholics and traumatised or delinquent youths. The ministry tries to address problems of addiction, delinquency and even cases of demonic possession with rest, food and prayer.
The civil war in Sierra Leone (1991-2001) was labeled “the cruelest in Africa’s recent history”. It was characterized by destruction – of property, but more so of human lives and values. Tens of thousands of civilians died, hundreds of thousands were raped, burnt, tortured, enslaved, mutilated. Many patients in City of rest are psychotic because of severe drugs and alcohol abuse, others are traumatized by having participated as a fighter in the war.