From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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In Sierra Leone, Government Donates $100,000 to Haiti
By Abdul Fonti
Jan 20, 2010, 17:26

State radio yesterday Tuesday 19th January 2010 announced that the government and people of Sierra Leone have contributed US$100,000 (One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to the United Nations Haiti Disaster Fund.

President Ernest Bai Koroma is reported to have expressed sincere condolences for the earthquake disaster that befell Haiti on January 13th 2010.

It was also reported that President Koroma has written a letter to the UN Secretary General, expressing how deeply saddened he was to learn about "the tragic news that a high number of civilians and uniformed personnel attached to the United Nations Stabilization Office in Haiti had been lost or seriously injured."

In another letter to the Haitian President, Rene Preval, President Koroma, is reported to have extended condolences and assurances of prayers to the people of Haiti, stating that: "We are confident that the strong leadership your government has provided in coordinating rescue and relief efforts originating from within and outside Haiti will lead to an effective management of the humanitarian response to the aftermath of the earthquake and prove invaluable in the days ahead as Haiti continues to grieve and recover from the tragedy. As the tragedy continues to unfold, we will steadfastly keep you in our thoughts and prayers."

Writing to Chinese President Hu Jintao, President Koroma stated how deeply saddened he was when he learnt about "the tragic news that a high level Chinese delegation which was in Port-au-Prince was meeting with representatives of the United Nations at the time the earthquake struck".

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