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Sierra Leone Embassy Condoles Philadelphia Deaths

Sierra Leone Embassy Condoles Philadelphia Deaths

Three Embassy of Sierra Leone officials led by Counselor/Head of Chancery Mrs. Isatu Sillah condoled the deaths at a Philadelphia four storey building collapse and assured the bereaved Sierra Leonean family, that the Government of Sierra Leone is with them at this time of grief and will support them morally for a befitting funeral of the late Mrs. Rosaline Conteh who was born in Lunsar, Northern Sierra Leone, and attended the St. Joseph’s Convent in Makeni.  (Photo: Late Mrs. Rosalin Conteh)

Accompanied by Information Attaché Pasco Gerald Temple and 3rd Secretary Ms. Fatmata Dao, Mrs. Sillah expressed condolence on-behalf of Ambassador Bockari Kortu Stevens, and the Government and people of Sierra Leone to the Conteh family in Sierra Leone and in Philadelphia, United States of America, and said the visit falls within the officialdom of the embassy to be active in this type of circumstance.

In the early hours of Wednesday June 5th, a vacant four storey building at 2140 Market Street, Central Philadelphia, was being demolished and collapsed with an ominous rumble onto a neighboring two storey building that was housing a “Salvation Army Thrift Store” that had people inside it; thereby killing six people and trapping more than a dozen under rubble.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter confirmed the deaths and said in a radio and television interview that the deceased were five women and a man, but did not release additional information.

Investigation carried out by the Embassy of Sierra Leone confirmed Mrs. Rosaline Conteh as one of the deceased.

On Monday June 9th, an Embassy of Sierra Leone delegation, departed Washington DC for Philadelphia. In the company of Sierra Leone’s Consul to Philadelphia Chief Methuselah Bradley, the delegation visited the scene on 2140 Market Street, Central Philadelphia, now characterized by rubble: and a cross section of the bereaved family at their home on 6327 Kingsessing Avenue  in Philadelphia, where a condolence message from Ambassador Stevens was read out to them.

Several members of the Conteh family including her late sister, Mrs. Kadiatu Conteh–Gbla responded in appreciation and thanked the government for reaching out to them at this moment in time of grief.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later, after the arrival of the late woman’s husband and two children, from Sierra Leone.

Mrs. Rosaline Conteh is survived by her husband and nine children.

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