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Sierra Leone News: Sierra Leoneans in Belgium, Holland, France resolve to help flood victims

Sierra Leoneans in Belgium discussing with Embassy officials

Sierra Leoneans in Belgium discussing with Embassy officials

Hundreds of Sierra Leoneans in Belgium, Holland and France on Saturday, 19th August, 2017 at the meeting hall of the Sierra Leone Embassy in Brussels, unanimously agreed to mobilise resources and much needed relief items to support their compatriots back home affected by the mudslide and flood disaster that hit Freetown and its environs on 14th August, 2017.
Addressing the impressive turn-out of Sierra Leoneans at the meeting, Ambassador Ibrahim Sorie briefed his audience about the terrible disaster of 14th August which resulted to the loss of unaccountable number of human lives and billions of Leones worth of property.
Ambassador Sorie admonished all those affected by this tragedy, either directly or indirectly to accept it in good faith as the work of the Almighty God and desist from using the social media to cast blame and aspersions against any individual or government. He added that no government on earth will pray for such a catastrophe to hit her people.
Ambassador Sorie made it crystal clear that the government has mandated all the Sierra Leone Embassies worldwide to coordinate the activities relating to donations at this time as a result of the lessons learnt from the Ebola experience.
He furthered that all donations must be channeled through the Embassy for onward transmission to the government in Freetown. He however disclosed the details of the disaster management account in Freetown for those intending to make direct financial contributions.
The Embassy’s Head of Chancery, Florence Nyawa Bangalie narrated what the Embassy has been doing since the official communication was received from Freetown announcing the disaster. She said she has officially written to all countries the Embassy is accredited to including Belgium, Holland, France, Greece, Luxembourg and The Holy See in Italy, as well as the bilateral and multilateral organisations to inform them about this disaster at the same time solicit relief assistance as directed by the Sierra Leone government.
Bangalie further informed Sierra Leoneans that a Book of Condolence had already been opened since 15th August and a good number of Ambassadors in Brussels have been trooping into the Embassy to sign it.
She informed that the relief items mostly needed at this time include food, shelter, clothing, water, dignity kits, blankets and other necessities.
Two Cameroonians from the Pan-African Association in Paris, Abdelaziz Mounde and Mariane-Simon Ekane attended the meeting to “show the African solidarity for the disaster that hit Sierra Leone and that they equally share the pain of Sierra Leoneans”. The two Cameroonians promised to host a fund-raising musical concert in collaboration with Sierra Leone musical maestro in Belgium, Orbai Kamara and those in Holland at a date and venue to be announced later in honour of the victims.
AT/21/8/17
Wednesday August 23, 2017.

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