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Somalia:AU representative urges Africa to raise funds for Somalia

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Laaska News  August 11,2011
ACCRA, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) — The African Union (AU) high representative for Somalia Jerry John Rawlings on Wednesday urged African countries to respond positively to the challenges to raise emergency funds for relief in Somalia.

Meeting Peter Jones, the British High Commissioner to Ghana, Rawlings said other countries in the Horn of Africa would equally need financial support in the wake of severe drought and famine crises.

In a bid to raise international awareness on the crises, August 15 has been declared as “Somalia Day”, which will be marked across the African continent to raise funds to end the famine in the area.

Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president, disclosed that a pledging conference has been scheduled in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, later in the month and the Day would be celebrated across the continent to raise funds towards the crises.

He told Jones, who paid a courtesy call to him, that decision on the two important events have already been reached following consultations with AU Chairman President Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea and also Chairperson of the AU commission Jean Ping.

Governments, private individuals, corporate institutions and the international community would all be at the conference which aims at raising 500 million US dollars towards the relief efforts, he added.

Rawlings thanked the government and people of Britain for the immense contributions towards supporting the plight of the people of Somalia.

He expressed his hope other members of the international community, particularly members of the Arab League, would rise up to the call to support the Horn of Africa region.

For his part, Jones praised Rawlings for the role he is playing, saying that the removal of the crisis needs international leadership and that it is “gratifying to see the former president take up the role of creating awareness on the dire situation in the East Africa region.”

 Xinhua

 

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