CCFSL Press Release – Candlelight Vigil

Sierra Leone Community Candlelight Vigil on Friday, August 18, 2017 – 9:30 pm at Nathan Phillips Square for the victims of the floods and mudslides in Freetown, Sierra Leone


For Immediate Release: August 17, 2017


The Sierra Leone community of Ontario will hold a candlelight vigil to remember and honour the people killed, their families, their communities and the country, Sierra Leone. This vigil is a community effort, led and organized together with the Concerned Citizens and Friends of Sierra Leone (CCFSL), with the support of other Sierra Leone community organizations and partners.


In the early morning of August 14, 2017, heavy torrential rains caused massive floods and mudslides killing over 400 people and displacing an estimated 3,000 people. 600 people are still unaccounted for. Sierra Leone is observing 7 days of National Mourning to honour those who lost their lives to this huge catastrophe. In this light, CCFSL has organized A Candlelight Vigil at the Nathan Phillips Square on Friday, August 18 at 9:30 pm.


“My brother, Vincent’s death is a knife piercing pain for our family. Vincent was a fine soldier and lawyer. He had just completed his tour of duty in Somalia of all places only to return home to be killed in flood disaster. Vincent was a kind and generous guy who had so much good things happening in his life lately. He has died with his dreams” says Chief Paul Duwai-Sowa, an active member of the Sierra Leone community here in Toronto, who lost his brother to this terrible event.


Candles will be lit in memory of the victims in Sierra Leone. A moment of silence will be observed and prayers offered for the victims. A book of condolence is available.


WHAT:                   Candlelight Vigil for the Victims of the Flood and Mudslides in Sierra Leone

WHEN:                   Friday, August 18, 2017 at 9:30 pm

WHERE:                Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

ADMISSION:       Open to the public


For information or interview requests, please contact:

Barlu Dumbuya  | T: 416.804.9529 | E:


About Concerned Citizens and Friends of Sierra Leone (CCFSL)

CCFSL was founded in 1985 and incorporated in 1988 as a non-profit community based organization, with the purpose of “bringing together all Sierra Leoneans, their spouses and children living in Ontario, in order to develop mechanisms and processes that will help identify the needs of the Sierra Leone community and seek ways and means to address those needs.” We are the umbrella organization for all Sierra Leoneans and work in close partnership with other organizations in the Sierra Leone community to champion national issues of concern. All relief activities are managed by the Sierra Leone Crisis Response Committee (SLCRC), an arm of CCFSL.