October 8, 2018
By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma
The Lebanese Community Committee (LCC) last Friday, 5th October, donated over forty million Leones (40m) worth of food items to the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF).
The donation ceremony took place at the Joint Military Unit (JMU), Wilberforce in the west of Freetown.
The donation was geared towards helping victims of the October 1st accident, which killed about a dozen military personnel and some civilians.
Presenting the donation, LLC Chairman Samir Hassaniyeh said they went to sympathise with RSLAF because the gravity accident touched everybody, including the Lebanese community.
He said it was a norm for them to sympathise during their time of sorrow, adding that they were in grief for what happened to the RSLAF on that fateful day.
The donated items include 100 25kg bags of rice, 10 25kg bags of iodine salt, Jago chocolate, luncheon meat, sardines, among several other food items.
He promised that they would send a delegation to attend the funeral and burial ceremony that would take place Tuesday.
Commanding Officer, Joint Medical Unit, Dr. Stephen Sevalie hailed the presence of the Lebanese community and their gesture to donate the food items, adding that the Deputy Minister of Defence and all the generals of the army were present as a sign of appreciation.
“It has been a very difficult crisis. I think it has been a long time since RSLAF suffered this kind of causalities in all one time. But we have managed it so far and we will continue to make sure that the ones that are sick now recover,” he said, adding that they would pray for the repose of the soul of their fallen heroes to rest in peace.
Chief of Defence Staff Lieutenant-General Brima Sesay thanked the Lebanese community for their donation.
He also thanked the Joint Medical Unit (JMU) for the way they have handled the issue at the hospital, which he said helped mitigate the fatality.
‘’We appreciate the token, we appreciate the friendship and the sympathy that you have come to show us. We will make sure especially the victims and families benefit from the goodies,’’ he said.
The CDF heaped praises on the Lebanese community and their families, adding that they have been supporting the military for a very long time.
Deputy Minister of Defence Reitred Colonel Simeon Nasiru Sheriff said the donation ceremony coincided with the visit of President Julius Maada Bio to the 34 Military Hospital to sympathise with the accident victims.
He thanked the Lebanese community and promised that he would inform the president about the group’s kind gesture to the RSLAF.