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Assessing the impact of Sierra Leone's mudslides on UK diaspora Pt 2

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Victims of the mudslide gather in a queue at an internally displaced persons camp in Regent, Sierra Leone on 21 August, 2017
Victims of the mudslide gather in a queue at an internally displaced persons camp in Regent, Sierra Leone on 21 August, 2017 Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde

Three weeks ago Sierra Leone experienced catastrophic floods and mudslides which left some 1,000 people missing and dead. Last month’s mudslides were the worst natural disaster ever to hit Sierra Leone, and one of West Africa's worst tragedies in recent times, with deforestation one of the leading factors of flooding and mudslides.

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Britain’s Sierra Leone diaspora is one of the largest in Europe.

In London, on the grounds of St. John’s Church in Stratford, the Sierra Leonean community gathered at a candlelight vigil to play music, remember the victims, and also to voice their anger at the underlying issue which created the disaster.

Filip Warwick attended the vigil in this second report on the diaspora’s activism in the UK.

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