Sierra Leone: The Sierra Leone Embassy in turkey headed by Ambassador Mohamed Hassan Kaisamba has donated food items to Sierra Leoneans resident in Ankara and Istanbul to help them alleviate poverty during this time of covid.
The Corona pandemic continues to turn life upside down for many Sierra Leoneans in Turkey. This problem has worsened with the imposition of lockdown by the Turkish Government, as they are not in a position to go anywhere to get food and other essential items.
Against this backdrop, the Embassy on the 2nd and 4th June 2021, exerted efforts to provide speedy humanitarian aid to a substantial number of Sierra Leoneans living in Ankara and Istanbul to help them cope with the food crisis.
The humanitarian assistance was geared towards assuring the Sierra Leonean community in Turkey of the Embassy’s steadfast support and commitment to all Sierra Leoneans in Turkey. It was also a way of encouraging the community to be law-abiding and peaceful.
Addressing the community, Ambassador Mohamed Hassan Kaisamba commented on the frequent physical violence perpetrated against the women by their Sierra Leonean male compatriots. He stated that violence against women is a human rights violation, and the immediate and long-term consequences can be devastating. He therefore urged the community to prevent violence against women, encouraging them to focus on education and respectful relationships.
Community members profoundly conveyed thanks and appreciation to the Embassy for such laudable assistance, which came at the appropriate time. They therefore expressed with certainty that the Embassy is in Turkey to truly seek their interest and alleviate their sufferings. They noted the cordial relations existing between the Embassy and the community.