Sierra Leone

March 7 2018 is D-day for Sierra Leone’s electorate. The country will go to the polls and vote for new representatives – MPs
This year, Sunday 1 October marked both the UN International Day of Older Persons and Grandparents' Day in the UK. Grandparents
Sierra Leone stumbles and falls from one extreme horror to another - war, disease, and natural disaster. We are one of the poorest countries in the world, with the world's worst mother and child mortality rate. Our people are intimately aware of the daily cruelty of terrible poverty. But if those who experience the worst of all this are yet to lose their humanity, I have no right to either.
Africa is highly anaemic of leadership that understand where it is coming from and where it is going.
I saw first-hand how years of civil war followed by the Ebola epidemic had left its mark. So three weeks ago, when I learned that a landslide had hit the country's capital, Freetown, and surrounding areas, I was beyond heartbroken. How much suffering and hardship can the people of Sierra Leone experience in one lifetime?
Arriving a week after the mudslides, the government and third sector coordination system has shifted into gear. Banners are springing up at the five distribution centres and all around the Regent area in particular - a bit of an NGO free-for- all. I am proud that our partner Street Child of Sierra Leone is delivering daily food to the survivors who lost their homes. We're feeding 4000 people a day with funds from a generously supported public appeal we launched last Monday, and funds from UK AID.
The landslide is huge in scale and the torrential rains that caused it keep coming - destroying people's livelihoods and crops and leaving survivors hungry and unable to support themselves and their families. Freetown's drainage system is overwhelmed, creating waterways that churn towards us as we try to get things done and we keep having to find new ways of getting access to the communities who so urgently need our help.
At least 499 bodies of people who perished following a deadly landslide in Sierra Leone were uncovered by Sunday, according to Reuters.
I left at 4am and took the three-hour car journey to the capital. As I approached Freetown, the mudslide was visible from miles away. Nothing could have prepared me for what I saw. The sheer size of it was frightening.
In the early morning of Monday 14th August, roads in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown turned into rivers and houses were washed away after a heavy night of rain caused chaos. Hundreds of people were buried alive in a mudslide that swept through some of the poorest communities in Freetown. As the death toll continues to rise, the international community must respond.