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Weʼre raising £500 to provide support to survivors and the families of victims of the fuel tanker explosion tragedy in Freetown.

London, United Kingdom

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Scores of people lost their lives 5th November 2021 due to fire, from an oil tanker explosion, as yet another tragedy has struck Sierra Leone.

There are harrowing story's emerging from Freetown, Sierra Leone. Yesterdays explosion is reported to have taken the lives of at least 92 people and left many other casualties suffering from severe burns following an oil tanker explosion. The countries poorly funded hospitals and healthcare system will struggle to adequately treat the injured. There will not be a well equipped burns unit. The Fire and Rescue Service will have tried their very best but struggled with the emergency response due to a lack of equipment and training. The real cause of this tragedy is poverty and poverty amplifies the impact of the accident itself. Following the collision, people were trying to syphon fuel from this tanker, and the whole neighborhood, men, women and children (hundreds of people) had gathered around to watch before it exploded. They did that because of poverty, because of a statistic like 70% for youth unemployment. People are hungry and around 60% of the population lives below the national poverty line. This accident has affected the most vulnerable people that community. The stories I am hearing are both harrowing and heartbreaking. Lives lost, lives changed forever. A country simply unable to cope. Emergency services unable to adequately respond.

Over 700 million people in our world currently live in extreme poverty. Poverty affects every aspect of a person’s life and holds back human potential. Poverty negatively impacts life in so many ways. Sadly global poverty is set for the first increase since 1998 due to COVID-19.

The real cause of this tragedy is poverty. Poverty amplifies the impact of the accident itself, while limiting the response, and hampering recovery.

Words cannot express how saddening this latest loss of life is, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families in Sierra Leone.

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  • Maria Bradford21 days ago
    Maria Bradford

    Maria Bradford

    21 days ago

    Sadly the authorities have confirmed the number of fatalities has increased to 131.

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  • Maria Bradford21 days ago
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    Maria Bradford

    21 days ago

    We delivered another 250 meals and care packages to two Hospitals in Freetown and those on the ground have been so appreciative of our efforts which would not have been possible without the help of everyone who donated. Thank you once again. Doctors at both Hospitals have informed us there is a shortage of drugs to treat infection. Obviously there are many people with life changing burns. An infected burn can cause blood poisoning (sepsis) or toxic shock syndrome so we are just in the process of exploring if and how we can help with this.

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  • Maria Bradford25 days ago
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    Maria Bradford

    25 days ago

    We delivered care packages and 250 meals to two Hospitals, Connaught Hospital and Military Hospital. Pic: Matron Gertrude and the Colonel in charge 34 Military Hospital. Margaret Kadi and her team facilitated this and doing all the food preparation and running around on the ground in Freetown. Thank you to all those who have donated. You made this possible.

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Page last updated on: 12/5/2021 18.10

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  • EMD

    EMD

    Dec 5, 2021

    Such a worthy cause.

    £40.00

  • The Wedding Owl

    The Wedding Owl

    Dec 5, 2021

    A small giving gift that I hope helps go a long way xx

  • Andy

    Andy

    Nov 14, 2021

    Good luck with this keep going

    £40.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 14, 2021

    thank you for doing this

    £30.00

  • Rosa

    Rosa

    Nov 14, 2021

    £20.00

  • Tom & Jayne Evert

    Tom & Jayne Evert

    Nov 14, 2021

    My heart goes out to Sierra Leone. Love and light, Maria & Ben.

    £40.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 13, 2021

    So much tragedy has happened in Sierra Leone and in Freetown and this is another another blow. Thanks for raising awareness and funds.

    £30.00

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Maria Bradford

Maria Bradford

London, United Kingdom

I was born and raised in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. I now reside in the United Kingdom and work as the Founder and Head Chef at Shwen Shwen. We connect people through food, and tell food stories. Shwen Shwen a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit.

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