Some residents of the Robis seaside community at Calaba Town, east of Freetown, say they have been suffering from sicknesses like typhoid, diarrhea, malaria and other common diseases as a result of poor sanitation in the neighbourhood also called Bomeh for its similarity with the Bomeh dumping site.
Community headman, Alpha Kamara, told Concord Times that life has been miserable for them and their children’s future is at stake because they have not enjoyed any form of development in the community.
“We don’t have proper toilet facilities, no health centre, no school and our children have to walk far distance to attend school,” he said. “If any member of this community is sick, we have to take that person to town and that is not good.”
He added that their environment is not comfortable for them to live but they cope because they have no alternative. Salamatu Kargbo, a community midwife, also told Concord Times that they are suffering a lot as their lives are exposed to various forms of health hazards. She said they are not happy to live in a swamp area and that she is the owner of the only water well serving the entire Robis community.
“We are finding life difficult every day. We need better development and we are calling on the government and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to look into our situation and help us,” she pleaded. Another resident of the community, Ruth B. Jabati, said the area is yet to develop because they do not have quality political representation. She called on non-governmental organisations to help prevent them from dying of sicknesses.