World-renowned singer Robyn Rihanna Fenty recently donated $2 million to support the rescue, recovery and clean-up effort in Sierra Leone after heavy floods hit the country’s capital city last week.
The country experienced floods that have claimed hundreds of lives and left many others homeless. The crisis began Monday when heavy rains caused mudslides slopes of Mount Sugar Loaf, about 5 miles from Freetown. Houses that were on the slopes, many of them made of wood and tin roofs, were buried after mud poured down under the force of the water. The death toll includes those killed in mudslides on the outskirts of the West Africa. The country’s president Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma sent out a global plea to all nations to help. Other neighboring nations like Senegal and Ivory Coast sent high powered delegates to discuss aid and assess needs.
About 20,000 have been displaced as a result while the death toll has risen to 500 including those who were killed by mudslides outside the capital city of Freetown, according to the tourism and cultural affairs minister, Sidie Yahya Tunis.
“It is a humanitarian gesture, an act of solidarity and support for a brotherly affected people,” the songstress said. “My thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters in Sierra Leone. My initiative Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) is donating $2M to Sierra Leone to assist and house victims of the mudslide in Freetown that has rendered people homeless. The fund is intended to provide shelter, food, clothing and medicines.”
The Sierra Leonean Ambassador to the United States Bockarie Stevens received the donations on behalf of Sierra Leone and expressed gratitude for the gift.