From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
In Sierra Leone, Red Cross Donates to Mudslide Victims
By Aruna Turay
Aug 19, 2010, 21:12

The Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) on Tuesday 17th August 2010 donated items worth millions of Leones to three family heads that were adversely affected by the mudslide crisis on Owen Street in Freetown early this month.

The donation which includes house hold utensils amongst others were shared among the three family heads who suffered the greatest loss during the incident. During the disaster, Mr. Mohamed Basma Bangura lost nine family members, Mr. Sorie Ibrahim Kargbo four members including his wife, and Mr. Osman Conteh who has three of his family members seriously injured and admitted in different hospitals across the city.

Delivering the donations, the Operations Coordinator Western Area for the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society Mr. Unisa Carew told his audience that the Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, adding that one of their seven principles is humanity. He expressed apology for their late donation but also emphasized that when the disaster occurred, they were the first humanitarian organization to offer assistance to the victims. He called on the victims to accept the gift however little it is and encouraged them to take heart.

The Communications Officer Patrick Massaquoi admonished the victims to take precautions in maintaining a safe and healthy environment so as not to allow such incidents to reoccur. He further called on the victims to support each other by consoling themselves.

Representing the Government of Sierra Leone, the Disaster Officer for the Office of National Security (ONS) Mr. Mohamed Bah thanked the Red Cross for what he described as their generous support to the victims since the occurrence of the incident. He expressed hope that other organizations will imitate the Red Cross Societyís foot path.

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