Africa Gives to Katrina Victims
Ten-year-old Maacha Davis sells lemonade in Accra, Ghana, to raise money for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina (All Africa)
“International solidarity in times like this one is more than necessary,” said Omara Atubo, an opposition lawmaker from the country’s troubled north that depends mainly on US aid to support about 1,6-million people who have been displaced by conflict.
“In the African custom, however rich your brother is, during times of sorrow, you reach out to him in however small way you can afford,” he said.
However, there have been many critics of those who have donated to those suffering on the Gulf Coast.
Kenya donated $100 000 to Hurricane Katrina victims.
Uganda contributed $200 000 to Katrina victims.
“When aid is needed anywhere, people should be assisted,” said Hellen Bisimba, a human rights activist in Tanzania, which has not yet contributed to Hurricane Katrina relief.
“What is being shown is a gesture of goodwill and a lesson that natural disasters can hit both the rich and the poor,” she said.
Some suggested that they would like to help but could not afford to.
In the impoverished Horn African nation of Eritrea, where two-thirds of its 3,5-million people will need in food aid this year, authorities said Asmara simply could not contribute.
“Eritrea is not providing material help to the US because we are ourselves asking for donations in view of the continuous drought here,” said foreign ministry official Ahferom Berhane.