Freetown flood and landslide victims face survival struggle
Defence for Children International – Sierra Leone (DCI-SL) today calls on the government of Sierra Leone to augment relief efforts for the victims of the severe flooding and landslide which have claimed hundreds of lives and billions of Leones worth of property on the 14th August 2017.
The organisation is further perturbed that children continue to be the most affected during and after such a crisis with a long-lasting impact and therefore urges the government to not only address the emergency needs of the affected children but more importantly their future needs that can help them continue to survive, stay in school and reach their full potential.
The type of shock that children and their families have suffered in Freetown will continue to threaten their survival and well being for months, if not years, to come. This is obviously a very serious incident and we are calling on the government of Sierra Leone to take immediate steps to ensure access of the most vulnerable to basic health, nutrition and protection services and conduct a full impartial investigation into the incident and come up with a statement and list of risky and disaster-prone areas in Freetown.
Thousands of households have had their safe drinking water, food and shelter snatched away. Children who are exposed, thirsty and under nourished will be particularly vulnerable to disease in the immediate future.
DCI-SL is concentrating efforts in working with the government and other partners to address the immediate survival and protection needs of affected children, while continues to remind the government and development partners that long term health, education and sanitation issues are not neglected.
“We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. Our thoughts are with the families at this time.”
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