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Guyana donates to Mali refugee crisis
Published on July 1, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ray Chickrie
Caribbean News Now contributor

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Last week, Guyana, following an appeal made by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) secretary general, Dr Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, to assist Malian IDPs (internally displaced persons) and refugees, donated US$10,000 to alleviate the plight of the most vulnerable and needy Malian people who have been badly affected by this current crisis, according to an OIC press release.

The Republic of Cameroon also donated US$100,000 following Ihsanoglu’s call to help refugees in Mali.

A few years ago, Guyana donated US$30,000 to people affected by floods in Pakistan and that money helped build 100 housing units, a school, a health center and a mosque for the people of the Dera Gazi Khan village in Multan, Punjab Province, which was ravaged by floods two years ago. The Republic of Cameroon also donated to this project in Pakistan.

According to the press release, the OIC secretary general expressed his gratitude to the representatives of Cameroon and Guyana and informed them that the funds will be used to assist IDPs who have recently returned to Northern Mali after several months spent away from their houses and separated from their loved ones.

Ihsanoglu reiterated his pressing appeals to all OIC member states and the international community to generously donate to Mali, which needs their assistance to tackle the daunting challenges of development and food insecurity.

Mali is a predominantly Muslim country in sub-Sahara Africa with a rich history that goes back to the times when Timbuktu was an intellectual city that joined vital trade routes that linked Ghana to Mali to Morocco and which today is facing a Toureg rebel insurgency that threatens to destabilize this drought plagued region.
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