Monday, October 24, 2011

Angola: Government launches solidarity campaign with Somali people

Government of Angola

Luanda – A campaign of solidarity with the people of Somalia, who are going through a difficult situation due to prolonged drought, was launched in Luanda on Friday by the Angolan Executive.

The campaign, which is co-ordinated by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, will last two weeks and has the objective to collect goods and financial resources.

During the ceremony, which took place in the premises of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the co-ordinators of the campaign pointed out as places for the handover of the donations the gate of the public radio (RNA), air company TAAG, people’s fair (Catetão), National Police warehouses spot and the park of the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Talatona ward.

In the same context, accounts have been opened with the designation “Doação Somália” in banks like BFA, BPC, BNA, BNI and BAI.

It was also mentioned that the citizens can show their solidarity and support with foodstuffs, industrial goods and financial means.

According to the Foreign Affairs minister, Georges Chicoti, in the last SADC Summit, held in Luanda, it was taken the decision to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to the people of Somalia, considering their level of suffering caused by the drought and civil war.

He reminded that Angola, in a recent past, also lived a serious humanitarian crisis, so it could not be indifferent to the situation of hunger and suffering facing the people of Somalia.

The minister also said that in a gesture of African solidarity and within the principles of humanism and responsibility in the context of the nations, the Angolan Head of State has instructed for efforts to be made in this direction, consequently Angola has made available an assistance of five million dollars.

Gorge Chicoty explained that from the mentioned amount three million has been used for the acquisition of various products, such as foodstuff and commodity goods, and two million has been transferred to the African Union account.

He also made a strong appeal to local and international public and private entities, churches and civil society in general to join this initiative of solidarity with the people of Somalia.