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Red Cross Raises Hope to Bonthe Flood Victims

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Red Cross Raises Hope to Bonthe Flood Victims


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Giving an update on the said disaster, the chief of Bo-Jong village Chief David Sandy began by thanking the Red Cross for having them in mind and further stated that the Red Cross is the first humanitarian organization that had visited them since the said flooding. Chief Sandy continued by saying that they were sucked to had woke up on that faithful night of August 6th 2019 and saw their entire community flooded. He further stated that the rain was so severe that night to an extent that most of them had to climbed trees with their children so as to prevent them from been carried away by the heavy rain. Speaking on the extent to which the flooding affected them, Chief Sandy said that besides their houses that were destroyed by the flooding, their farms were also totally destroyed. He further said that his people currently found it very difficult to get their daily living as most of them had already spent all they had on their different farms. Chief Sandy called on the Red Cross, the government and other humanitarian organizations to immediately come to their aid as they are currently suffering. He ended by also stating that they would be very much happy if the government and other humanitarian organizations could help them to get another location that would be free from flooding.

Speaking to one of the flood affected women in the village, Kadie Joseph said one of the major problems they are currently faced with in the community is that most of the youths had left the village to settle in other locations as a result of the said flooding in their community. She therefore called on the government and other humanitarians to kindly come to their aid as their situation was very bad.

Responding to the calls of the flooding victims, the Country Manager of the British Red Cross David Crawford said their situation is one that’s needed an immediate attention as they victims are indeed suffering. He went on to say that the issue needed to be discussed with the local councils as well as other relevant authorities so that a possible solution could be found with an immediate effect.  David continued by stating that they had heard the cries of the Bonthe flood victims and would now go back and look for ways on how to remedy the said situation. He ended by calling on the government and other humanitarians to come to the aid of those flood victims in terms of food, shelter and other areas.

In another development, the Head of Programs and Operations of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society Nelson Nyandemoh said with support from the British Red Cross, they had provided food and non-food items to flood victims worth thousands of British Pounds to flood victim in  three chiefdoms in the Bonthe district. This according to him is line with one of their fundamental principles of providing humanitarian services to the less privileged in society. Nelson ended by saying that they have had more plans for the flood victims and would be monitoring the said victims through their community volunteers.  The distribution exercise was witnessed by the Office of the National Security and other relevant authorities in the Bonthe district.

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