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Chinese Ambassador hands over USD$ 100,000 donation from Red Cross of China to Sierra Leone Red Cross Society

On August 29th, 2017, the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone WU Peng handed over USD $100,000 from the Red Cross Society of China to Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) as a disaster relief fund for victims of the August 14th tragic mudslide and flooding devastation.

Handing over the donation, Ambassador WU Peng said the August 14th tragic event, which caused 500 death, hundreds missing and thousands displaced, was a terrible natural disaster. He noted that the Chinese side acted quickly in supporting the Sierra Leone government and people to deal with the aftermath of the disaster.

Ambassador WU Peng pointed out, President Xi Jinping sent his personal condolence messages to President Ernest Bai Koroma, and on the August 16th the Chinese government announced to provide USD $ 1 million emergency humanitarian cash aid to the government of Sierra Leone in the relief efforts. The Chinese medical experts and companies helped in the recovery process at the mudslide and flooding sites across the various affected communities at the first time, with the Chinese community in Sierra Leone also providing USD $88,860 plus Le 102 million and other relief items for the victims.

Ambassador WU highlighted that, considering the important role SLRCS has played in the disaster relief process, the Chinese Red Cross Society decided to provide the USD $100,000 for their relief efforts. He also remarked that, China regards Sierra Leoneans as truly brothers and that China would do all within its capacity to help the victims.

Mrs. Augusta Foday-Kalone, Director of Strategic Partnership, International Relations and Programme Support of SLRCS, thanked the government and people of China for their condolence messages and kind support. She said China and Sierra Leone are so close and when Ebola broke out, China led the international community in providing support and also during the current disaster China was again leading the relief efforts. This she said showed that China is always with Sierra Leone in times of difficult moments. She assured Ambassador WU that SLRCS would make good use of the fund and give a feedback to the Embassy about their relief support.

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