An estimated six hundred people saw the Hollywood blockbuster film “Blood Diamond” last night at the British Council in Freetown organized by the UN World Food Programme and Warner brothers. The first ever public screening of the film in Sierra Leone was part of a three-day showing of the movie based on situations on the country, which ends tomorrow.
According to WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, “Blood Diamond opened the world’s eyes to the tragic suffering endured by so many people across the country.” He noted that, “Sierra Leoneans can take great pride in the immense achievements since the end of the war.”
Also featured in the film is WFP whose distinctive white and blue markings appear prominently during various scenes in the film. The world’s largest humanitarian agency is currently providing food assistance to over 300,000 people in Sierra Leone in its efforts to help rebuild the country after nearly ten years of civil war.
It delivers rations to vulnerable groups, including school children, families struggling to re-establish their livelihoods and refugees returning home from neighboring Liberia.
The film includes scenes depicting realistic aid operations as undertaken by WFP in the ’90s while feeding thousands of war victims who fled within Sierra Leone and to neighbouring countries.
The Freetown event is being completely financed by Warner Brothers.