Tue. Apr 16th, 2024

EAST AFRICA- As a concerned citizen of the world, who cares about the welfare of others around, it is reported that Pope Francis has symbolically donated €25,000 to FAO’s efforts supporting people facing food insecurity and famine in East Africa.

Pope Francis reportedly said the funds are “symbolic contributions to an FAO program that provides seeds to rural families in areas affected by the combined effects of conflicts and drought.”

The pontiff’s remarks , according to FAO, were contained in a letter written to FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva by Monsignor Fernando Chica Arellano, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN food agencies in Rome.

It is explained in the letter from Monsignor that Pope Francis’ gesture stemmed from a pledge he made in a message to FAO’s Conference on 3 July 2017 and was “inspired also by the desire to encourage Governments,” Monsignor Chica wrote in the letter.

Famine, according to FAO, was declared in parts of South Sudan in February and while the situation has eased after a significant scaling up in the humanitarian response, some 6 million people in the country are still struggling to find enough food every day.

In addition, it is stated that the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in five other East African countries – Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda – is currently estimated at about 16 million, which marks an increase of about 30 percent since late 2016.

Pope Francis, according to gathered reports will visit FAO’s headquarters on the 16th of October, to mark World Food Day.







Correspondent: Ridwan A. Olayiwola


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