H.E. Ambassador, Ibrahim Sorie, Head of the Mission of Sierra Leone to the EU, on the right, and José Manuel Barroso
Information from Chernor Ojuku Sesay, Press attaché Sierra Leone Embassy Belgium.
The Diplomatic staff at the Sierra Leone Embassy in Brussels, led by the head of the Chancery Mrs Florence Bangalie, embarked on a mission to locate the whereabouts of the evacuated Sierra Leoneans, following the bomb attacks at Brussels’ Airport.
The evacuated passengers, both outbound and inbound have been relocated to three different places in Antwerp, Vilvoorde and Leuven.
The Brussels Airline management provided buses for the stranded passengers to Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Paris airports, where arrangements were made to fly them to different destinations.
The passengers were without luggage. In the confusion which ensued following the unexpected bomb explosion, many lost personal items, including laptops, ipads etc.
The embassy painstakingly assisted some the stranded Sierra Leoneans by providing travelling documents that will enable them to proceed further to Freetown.
Those without Schengen visas were not allowed to move out of the camps. They were requested to stay calm as they await escorts to either Germany, Holland or France to join other flights.
There were rumours that Sierra Leoneans were among the dead and injured. This is too early to be confirmed by the embassy and the Belgian rescue team hasn’t provided any concrete information yet.
This detailed information might be released before the end of the week. The embassy will keep you posted on any further development.
Sierra Leoneans around the world, including the Belgium branch of the APC party, are deeply saddened by this tragedy and wish to send their sympathy and condolences to the injured and families of those that lost their loved ones.