Little girl from Sierra Leone features on Trócaire Box six months after narrowly escaping death in mudslide

Trócaire is looking for Longford support

Martha O'Brien


Martha O'Brien


Kumba (7) from Sierra Leone appears on this Lent's Trocaire Box.

Kumba (7) from Sierra Leone appears on this Lent's Trocaire Box.

This Ash Wednesday, Trócaire hosting their annual Lenten campaign in Co. Longford and the rest of Ireland.

A little girl and her family from the Matome area of Freetown, which was obliterated by the mudslide that wiped Sierra Leone, feature on the Trócaire Box this year because this Ash Wednesday is the six month anniversary of the mudslide.

Kumba and her family were seconds away from death last August 14. Her family woke up just before the mudslide came down and wiped out their house.

The whole community was devastated and only 20% survived. Estimates put the number of dead at 500.

Trócaire responded to the disaster by providing emergency kits with essential supplies and counselling to help survivors.

Trócaire helped families rebuild their homes, business and their livelihoods.

Eamonn Meehan, Trócaire’s executive director, said, “As the community continues to try to recover from losing everything, Trócaire is there to provide support. We are only able to do this because of the generosity of people in Co. Longford. Last year people throughout the county helped to raise €132,038 to support Trócaire’s Lenten campaign through the Diocese of Ardagh & Clonmacnois allowing us to support hundreds of thousands of people living in devastating poverty or affected by humanitarian crises across the developing world. By supporting Trócaire this Lent you can help people like Kumba and her family to rebuild their lives after disaster and tragedy strike. I would like to thank you for your continued support and generosity.”

Trócaire boxes are available from parishes across Co. Longford, by visiting or by phoning 1850 408 408.