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Sierra Leone Entertainment: Rihanna denies $2 Million donation

A spokesperson for the Clara Lionel Foundation told BuzzFeed News the entirety of the story reported in Barbados Today and Global News is “untrue and completely inaccurate”.
The Clara Lionel Foundation, founded by Rihanna, has said that a story about the singer donating millions of dollars to Sierra Leone’s mudslide victims is “untrue and completely inaccurate”.
The false claims appeared on a website called Global News in an article called “Rihanna donates whopping sum of money to Sierra Leone’s mudslide victims”. The mudslide has been described as one of Africa’s worst flooding-related disasters in years.
In the article, the website claimed that Rihanna wanted to support the rescue, recovery, and cleanup effort in the West African country. Global News also included quotes in its article, which it claimed were from Rihanna:
It is a humanitarian gesture an act of solidarity and support for a brotherly affected people. My thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters in Sierra Leone.
My initiative Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) is donating $2M to Sierra Leone to assist and house victims of the mudslide in Freetown that has rendered people homeless. The fund is intended to provide shelter, food, clothing, and medicines.
The false story, which has been shared hundreds of times on social media, was also covered by news site Barbados Today, but has since been removed.
However, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has been the latest news outlet to fall for a fake story about Barbados artist Rihanna donating $2 Million to support flood victims in Sierra Leone.
BBC journalist Audry Brown, who was presenting BBC Focus on Africa program this week, fell for the fake news. Brown said following a report about Sierra Leone: “One of the people contributed money is the Pop star Rihanna. She is giving $2million dollars to help the people of Sierra Leone cope in the aftermaths of that Mudslide and flashfloods.” But the story turned out to be fake.
The Sierra Leone Embassy in the United State of America issued a press release on Monday about the fake news story. It said: “The story is a figment of the imagination of the author, which is not only considered unfortunate, but a misnomer that is coupled with gross thoughtlessness and inhuman gesture as displayed.”
A spokesperson for Riana’s foundation, The Clara Lionel Foundation, has also commented on the story. The spokesperson told Buzz Feed news website that the story was “untrue and completely inaccurate.”
“Like many around the world, we are devastated by the tragic mudslide in Sierra Leone,” the spokesperson added.
The BBC is yet to make a statement on this issue.
The August 14th flooding and Mudslide in Freetown killed over 400 people whilst 600 are still reported missing. The disaster left thousands more displaced. The Government of Sierra Leone has been receiving cash donations, food items and non food items for the victims of the Freetown disaster.
Friday August 25, 2017.

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