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Aug 30, 2011

$ 500,000 for Somalia

Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a Deputy Minister of Information, says government has pledged $500,000 as its contribution to the humanitarian efforts in the Horn of Africa, particularly Somalia.

He said Ghana has to make a contribution because of its historical record of “being around”, citing the colonial struggle when Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was around to support other African countries in the struggle.

Hon. Ablakwa disclosed this in Accra, stressing that the pledge did not exclude other humanitarian gestures such as sending food items, but “other kind gestures are being considered by the government”.

According to the United Nations, at least 12.5 million people are among most severely affected and needed urgent assistance.

The AU estimated that $2.5 billion is needed to address the issue of extreme hunger in the Horn of Africa, out of which $1.1 billion has been collected so far, hence it is crucial that Ghana contributed.

Source: ISD