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Bermuda Overseas Mission Supports 500 Freddy Survivors

Bokosi (right) presenting maize flour to one of the beneficiaries Bokosi (right) presenting maize flour to one of the beneficiaries - pic by Hastings Jimani

500 households in Mulanje who were affected by Tropical Cyclone Freddy on Tuesday received maize flour and kitchen plastic utensils from an international charitable organization, Bermuda Overseas Mission.

The beneficiaries came from Muhiyo, Chisutu, Kani, Magaleta and Mwenyekasi villages in Traditional Authorities Nanda and Mthiramanja.

Country Representative of Bermuda Overseas Mission Billy Bokosi told Zodiak Online that going around in affected areas, no one can sit down and watch affected households suffering but at least do something.

He said things are really bad and as Bermuda Overseas Mission they decided to assist the affected families with the maize flour and plastic kitchen wares.

“Crops were washed away by the Cyclone Freddy induced floods and last year the situation was the same, the other year were dry spells so its hunger, year in year out,” said Bokosi.

He thanked fellow organizations that are responding to the disaster.

A mother of three, Eliza Luciano who is also pregnant was among the beneficiaries of these relief items. She is from Magareta village.

“My house collapsed and I lost everything and I thank this organization for these items,” said Luciano.

Chairperson of Kani Civil Protection Committee Sabina Thunga said 88 houses collapsed in the village, food items, livestock, kitchen wares and other valuable property were damaged during the disaster.

“Right now what is urgently needed is food and shelter kits as people are now leaving the camps going back to their villages,” said Thunga.

On his part, Village headman Kani said his village is prone to disasters such as dry spell and floods and thanked the organization for the support.

According to Bokosi, the value of the whole donation is MK11.5 million.

Bermuda Overseas Mission is funded by David Thomson, the people of Bermuda and the Christ Church.

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