ChildFund responds to devastating mudslides in Sierra Leone

by Diana Quick / Public Statement

During the night of August 14, devastating mudslides swept down the steep hillsides and slopes of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, engulfing the homes of thousands of families who live in these highly congested areas. The estimated death toll is around 400, with another 800 unaccounted for. About 20,000 people have been displaced from their homes across more than a dozen communities.

About 75 percent of the people affected are women and children, including 150 children who are enrolled with ChildFund. We are relieved to report that all the ChildFund-enrolled children who live near the areas affected by the mudslide are safe.