By Manteneh .A. Daboh
Sierra Leoneans leaving in the US- Atlanta Georgia-as represented by Alpha Omar Jabbie and Kabba Fofanah donate rice to Mortormeh mudslide victims.
With help from Kono Development Foundation, Flaming Ministry, Stone Mountain GA, Runaworks Studio and Wal-Mart Stores Inc, over 160 bags were given to Sierra Leoneans of the 14th August distressing flood disaster.
The donation was made on November 9th by Bockarie Enssah to victims sheltered at relocations sites at Old School Hill Station and Mortormeh respectively.
Speaking on behalf of the victims, Osman Ndoya Battullo Kokofele, head media and situation room Mortormeh disaster management committee said “they as victims should sum up courage and be thankful to God.”
He thanked the donors for such a kind gesture.
He called on the Victims to be strong and keep their dreams alive no matter the sufferings they face.
That the challenges are numerous and tears are still fresh in their minds, although, according to him, government is making efforts to evacuate them from tents to buildings well constructed in the country.
Bockarie Enssah, Director of Civitan International Sierra Leone, but representing the Diaspora said, “it‘s no joy making such type of donations. We sympathized with the victims who have survived the ugly August 14th disaster.
This is why our brothers and sisters in Atlanta Georgia in the United States decided to contribute money so as to wipe off the tears from the eyes of victims.”
“No matter what the government has done or will do, it cannot bring back lives or properties lost. All we can do is to console each other during hard times like this.”
Bockarie urged the victims to be sincere throughout the process of sharing of the donated bags of 25 kg of rice in the two camp sites.
He blamed the government and prays that corrective measures will be put in place so that such an incident will not happen again.
Bockarie encouraged people to do self examination and learn to obey the laws by refraining from building structures in disaster prone areas.
Abubakarr Kamara, chairman of Mortormeh expressed thanks and appreciations to the entire team in Atlanta for supporting them in moment of bitterness.
All were encouraged to take heart and accept their situation in good faith.
‘’Better days are coming. You just need to look at this incident as part of the challenges of life. With time, it will die out and God being your helper, you will all move on with life and say it as a testimony one day” Bockarie said.