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S/Leone UK-based organisation donates Le50m to flood victims

October 16, 2017 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara

A cross-section of the UK Disaster Relief Team

A United Kingdom (UK) based Sierra Leone Disaster Relief Team has donated Le50 million to flood and mudslides affected persons that are temporarily housed in four camps at the Mortormeh community.

Head of the team, Brima Talla, explained that the Disaster Relief Team in United Kingdom and Northern Ireland branch organised a fund raising scheme that generated five thousand pounds sterling for victims in Sierra Leone.

He said that when the disaster struck nearly two months ago, they were finding ways for a positive respond as Sierra Leone is the only country they owe obligation to help, as compatriots.

“We raised some money to the tune of five thousand pound sterling as part of the relief support to our brothers and sisters.  We have decided to give it to the survivors themselves in cash so that they may use it for some other purposes,” he said.

When asked why they chose Mortomeh instead of the other camps, Talla alleged that they were aware that the bulk of support had been going to the Juba and Old School camps, thus neglecting the worst hit community.

“We have got an intelligence that many people here are victims but they weren’t able to register and have not been getting the required support,” he said

There are four camps in the Mortormeh community. Survivors are using unfinished structures as temporary dwellings. The scene was chaotic as some people who claimed they were survivors didn’t receive a share of the money.

Talla said they arrived at the camps at 6a.m. and those that were in bed at the time of their arrival were chosen as beneficiaries.

“When the list of names of survivors from the four camps was given to us, people claimed that there were names on the list that are not survivors. So the team visited the camp at 6am and take note of those that were in bed at the time. They are the ones that benefited from the donation,” he explained.

He said the team is not only for disaster as their name implies, but also a relief team that is ready to help Sierra Leoneans at any time they are in need.

He called on other Sierra Leoneans across the world to continue helping the flood and mudslide victims as most of them have been left out of the government’s support scheme.

One of the beneficiaries, Pastor John Mansaray, said he was the leader of camp number three and lived in Mortomeh community prior to the disaster.

He said the government had demarcated his church and school as dangerous zones, adding that he was finding it difficult to take care of his nine family members.

“I received Le100, 000 from the charity organisation. I feel happy. We do have rice at home but there is no money to get the condiments for cooking but this little cash will go a long way,” Pastor Mansaray said.


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