Thursday, August 17, 2017
Concern Worldwide assisting with the burial of hundreds of bodies in Sierra Leone
International aid agency, Concern Worldwide, is assisting with the burial of hundreds of bodies piling up in overstretched morgues in flood-damaged Sierra Leone.
Concern has reactivated experienced burial teams who worked with the organisation during the deadly Ebola outbreak to assist the authorities in the capital, Freetown, as they bury hundreds of corpses and try prevent the spread of lethal diseases like cholera.
As the death toll rises to over 400 people, a quarter of them children, the aid agency said there is an urgent need to ensure the safe and dignified burial of the men, women and children who died when flash floods and mudslides struck the city earlier this week.
Concern’s International Programme Director, Anne O’Mahony, said:
Concern has worked in the West African nation since 1996 and currently has 157 staff in the country with more emergency response staff being deployed to Freetown to help coordinate relief efforts.
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Notes to Editor:
During the Ebola crisis, Concern began a safe burial programme in Sierra Leone in 2015 after it was asked by the National Ebola Response Centre there to take over management of burials of bodies in the west of the country.
About Concern Worldwide
Concern Worldwide is an international non-governmental humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.