As Sierra Leoneans From Belgium Jet In… Big Boost For Flood Victims


By Thomas S. Kembay

Belgium Based Sierra Leoneans have on Monday, 8th January, 2018 ended a two-day donation ceremony of assorted food items and learning materials worth one hundred million Leones (Le 100M) to the August 14, 2017 flood victims at various communities in Freetown.

Speaking to journalists at Mountain Cut during the donation ceremony on Sunday 7th January, 2018, the team leader who also doubles as the interim Chairman for Sierra Leoneans in Belgium, Alpha Bah explained that they were perturbed by the news of the August 14th mudslide and flash flood disaster that hit the capital leaving hundreds of the compatriots dead or homeless.

The team leader added that based on their findings, they discovered that the disaster left two categories of survivors – the vulnerable and affected victims.

“As donors we are coming in to help the vulnerable and affected victims in order to give them hope,” said Alpha Bah, adding that the donation was done purely on humanitarian ground and not with any political intention by members.

He disclosed that they themselves championed the distribution to ensure that the items reach the right beneficiaries through what he termed as, “from the people to the people.”

The items, he said, included, 170 bags of 50kg rice, bags of onion, cartoons of tomatoes and cartoons of exercise books, adding that some 170 households within the Fullah Town, Regent,  Kanigo and Kamayama communities were targeted.

In her contribution, Sierra Leone’s renowned celebrity, Zainab Sheriff commended the donors for their humanitarian gesture to the vulnerable victims noting that the donation came in at the right time to alleviate the sufferings of the victims. She encouraged the beneficiaries to use the items for their intended purposes.

In turn, the beneficiaries expressed thanks and appreciated to the donors for coming to their aid especially at the start of the year when things are difficult. They prayed that God rewards the donors tenfold of what they have given out.