Sierra Leone mudslide : Belgium participates in the international assistance effort

Floods and landslides in Sierra Leone: Belgium participates in the international assistance effort

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders announces that a Disaster Victim Identification Team (DVI) of the Federal Police will be sent to Sierra Leone to help identify the deceased in the dramatic floods and landslides. This disaster caused the death of more than 400 people. The Belgian team will be assisted, on site, by a consular agent dispatched by the FPS Foreign Affairs.

The Government of Sierra Leone had requested international assistance to help rescuing and identifying the victims of this natural disaster. By solidarity with this country, Belgium has decided to respond positively to its call.

Minister Reynders also welcomes the selection of a B-Fast (Belgian First Aid and Support Team) volunteer as a member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) mission in Sierra Leone.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Kingdom of Belgium – Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

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Sierra Leone mudslide : Korean Construction Conglomerate Donates 100,000 United States Dollars

Korean Construction Conglomerate Donates 100,000 United States Dollars for the Mudslide and Flooding Disaster Relief Effort in Freetown

Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Ambassador Omrie Michael Golley, was on Sunday 20th August 2017, received by the Chairman of the Construction Conglomerate Booyoung Group, Mr Lee Joong Keun and Senior officials and their company headquarters in central Seoul.

At this meeting, which was convened to discuss the recent mudslide and flooding disaster in Freetown, Chairman Lee presented Ambassador Golley with a donation of 114,150,000 Korean Won (one hundred and fourteen million, one hundred and fifty thousand Korean Won ), amounting to $100,000 ( one hundred thousand United States Dollars ).

Since its foundation in 1983, the Booyoung Group has been one of the leading companies in the field of housing construction, hotels, and recreational complexes in the Republic of Korea.

Commenting on the recent mudslide and flooding disasters in the Sierra Leone Capital, Freetown, the Chairman of the Booyoung Group, Mr Lee Joong Keun, informed Ambassador Golley that he had been deeply saddened by the news of the mudslide and flooding disasters to hit Freetown resulting in large loss of life and property, together with injury and homelessness, and further stated that his Company’s donation was their own contribution to assist the Government and people of Sierra Leone recover from this unfortunate tragedy.

His Excellency Ambassador Omrie Golley expressed his sincerest appreciation on behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Sierra Leone for the donation, which he described as timely, and assured Chairman Lee that their donation would be forwarded to the appropriate authorities in Sierra Leone promptly, to be utilised for the humanitarian relief effort.

The donation received has today 21st August 2017, been transferred by electronic wire transfer to the Government Disaster Relief Fund in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone in the Republic of Korea.

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Barking Football holds match in honour of Joshua Bwalya

Barking Football Club on Sunday held a football match in honour of Joshua Bwalya who was early this month stabbed to death by a masked gang of boys in Barking, United Kingdom.

And Joshua’s burial date is yet to be set as his body has not yet been released to the family.

Joshua played football for Barking Football Club and the club organised the ‘Joshua Bwalya’ memorial match played in a fully packed stadium between Baking Football Club and Clapton Football Club, a club Joshua previously played before joining Baking FC.

The organisers said that the proceeds of the match was going to Joshua’s family as a way of supporting the family during the bereavement.

The club said Joshua, popularly known as JB was a keen footballer who shared his passion with all that knew him adding that he was a valued member of Barking Football Club and he will be greatly missed.

Barking Football Club won the match after scoring six goals while Clapton Football club scored three goals.

And Staff from the Zambia High Commission London led by Charge D Affaires Mr. Mukela Mutukwa were also present at the football match.

On 2nd August 2017, Joshua and his two friends were “ambushed” by a group of youths on bicycles who were wearing masks as they were going home from a party. The three were chased into a 24-hour-supermarket in Ripple Road at about 01:00 hours, then again into the street, where Joshua was stabbed, passers-by fought to save him but he died at the scene. His two friends, who banged on doors of nearby homes to ask for help, were also stabbed but they survived.

Joshua was a victim of a “crazy postcode war” and had been targeted by a gang from a rival Barking estate and he was stabbed six times in the back and ribs and his lungs were punctured.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Zambia High Commission in the United Kingdom.

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Seychelles proposes Regional Strategy to address the Scourge of Drugs in the SADC region

SADC has welcomed and recognized Seychelles’ contribution and proposal for the introduction of a comprehensive regional strategy to collectively address drug issues in the SADC region.

The Summit agreed that there was an imperative necessity for the region to adopt a concerted and robust strategy to address the multifaceted components of the scourge of drugs in view of the harsh consequences being felt by the population of member states, particularly the youth.

During his intervention on the Decision on HIV/AIDS, President Faure highlighted that Seychelles has seen an increase in HIV infections due to the rise in intravenous drugs users. Consequently, President proposed the urgent need to therefore jointly address the drug problem as a region.

The Secretariat welcomed President’s proposal and decided to put in place the necessary mechanism via a Task Force to elaborate on this issue and contribute to a strategic roadmap, which should be submitted for consideration at the next Council meeting in March 2018.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.

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