On Monday, 13 August 2017, flash floods swept across the West African State of Sierra Leone, causing a deadly mudslide in the capital city, Freetown. The latest official death toll is estimated at 441 people, amongst them 105 children. 600 others are reported missing, while several families remain separated, a real tragedy for Africa in general and the African Olympic Movement in particular.
NOC Sierra Leone is an ANOCA member, and ANOCA President, Intendant General Lassana Palenfo, could not remain indifferent to their plight: “I received with profound sorrow news of the terrible tragedy that hit Sierra Leone on 14 August, killing several people and leaving several families bereaved. In these sad circumstances, I wish to convey the sympathy and assert the solidarity of the ANOCA Executive Committee and all members of our Association, especially to the bereaved families to whom we extend our heartfelt condolences.”
The African Olympic Movement, via ANOCA, has always acted in solidarity with people in areas struck by disaster. The Association has always reached out to the needy in the past: cases in point include relief to famine victims in the horn of Africa, efforts to fight Ebola in West Africa, HIV/AIDS prevention and outreach in refugee camps on the Continent.
The foundation stone for the construction of the Olympafrica Centre in Santa Cruz, Cape Verde, was laid on 17 October 2017.
On 13 and 14 August 2017, Burkina Faso was hit by a terrorist attack in a café-restaurant in the capital city, Ougadougou. Official reports indicate that 18 people died, amongst them 2 attackers, while 22 others were injured.