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Sierra Leone Business: Qatar donates 45tons of relief items

The government of Qatar has donated 45 tons of assorted relief items of medical, food and clothing supplies for survivors of the August 14th mudslide and flooding at Regent and Lumley in which over 300 perished and hundreds displaced.
Receiving the items, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Lenoard Balogun Koroma said the donation is timely “… It came at a time when it is most needed.” He noted that Qatar is one of the first countries to yield to the cries of Sierra Leoneans in this distressing time.
The minister said “the demonstration of your response shows you are a friendly nation a friend in need is a friend indeed.”
The transport minister also noted that Qatar has made the largest donation so far a “C17 aircraft with tons of relief items.”
On behalf of the government and the people of Sierra Leone, the minister expressed thanks and appreciation.
However, he pointed out that he has been advised by the President to station at the Airport to take full inventory of the donations coming in. “My office has now been transferred to Lungi Airport where I would be documenting all the donations received and ensure that all of the items are being transported to Freetown to be distributed to the survivors as soon as possible.”
He also pointed out that lots of lessons were learnt from past experiences and as such, distribution of relief items and dealing with the victims would be done in a much better and coordinated manner. “the registrations are ongoing and this involves community leaders and Members Parliament of the affected constituencies we don’t want the stadium scenario were people who were not affected came in to register.”
Donating the items Qatar chargé d’affaires in Liberia, Shamson Al-Sadah said action speaks louder than voice “we don’t want to send message we want to stand with the affected people” He said Qatar have always given support to countries in crisis that is why when the disaster occurred they responded as soon as possible by asking the government what they need to help survivors.
The Qatar envoy also noted that his country Prime Minister has said that if Sierra Leone needs additional help they are ready to support.
By Ophaniel Gooding
Monday August 12, 2017.

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