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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Calls For Increased U.S. Aid To Sierra Leone

August 17, 2017
Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Africa, released the following after the capital of Sierra Leone was hit by heavy rain, followed by an unprecedented mud-slide and massive flooding, resulting in hundreds dead and many more missing.

"The situation in Freetown, Sierra Leone remains dire as rainfall continues, slowing recovery efforts and bringing the threat of further mudslides. The Government of Sierra Leone has made an urgent international appeal for assistance and the Embassy of Sierra Leone in the United States has launched an emergency relief fund. The United States must ramp up relief efforts and join the international community and the region to provide increased aid to assist Sierra Leone during this extreme time of need. My thoughts are with the thousands affected during this difficult time."