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AU Chair sympathizes with Sierra Leone after mudslide
By State House Communication Unit
president conde-017Guinean President Professor Alpha Conde on Tuesday 15th August 2017 expressed sympathy and heartfelt condolences for the deadly mudslide caused by torrential rains that left hundreds devastated in the Mortormeh, Kamayama and Kaningo communities on the outskirts of Freetown.

He jetted into the country immediately upon receiving news of the devastating mudslide, saying that Sierra Leone and Guinea are one. As chair of the African Union, he expressed sentiments of support and stated that Sierra Leone is not alone in such a difficult moment. Professor Conde is also the current chair of the Mano River Union.

After a brief meeting at State House, both leaders visited the epicentre of the deadly mudslide to take stock of the situation there. 
 
Meanwhile, to further demonstrate solidarity with the government and people of Sierra Leone, President Conde, on behalf of the government and people of Guinea, pledged $100,000 in cash and 50 metric tonnes of rice as part of their contribution to ameliorate the plights of victims adding, that more support would be provided particularly for the aged, provide shelter among others. The donation is expected to arrive today Wednesday 16th August.

Receiving his counterpart, President Ernest Bai Koroma thanked President Conde for the quick response to the country's calamity as well as the solidarity demonstrated which, he said, will always linger in the minds of Sierra Leoneans especially the bereaved families. c- k
Describing the state of affairs as a difficult moment, the president informed about the support already provided by government, the security sector, development partners and agencies as well as Sierra Leoneans which has helped to rescue few people from the rubble. He stated that his government will continue to provide the necessary support in terms of accommodation, feeding and other relief items to the affected communities and victims.

He also disclosed that for medium to long term, relocation and opening up of a new settlement around the Freetown peninsular will be an ideal action.
 


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