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Africa helps Haiti earthquake victims

Several West African countries have launched initiatives to support the Haiti earthquake victims. A Senegalese songstress wants to raise money through her music, Benin launched a telethon and Lagos State, Ivory Coast and Liberia have donated money.



Renowed Senegalese singer and songwriter, Coumba Gawlo Seck, plans for African musicians to produce a single track, the proceeds of which will go towards helping suffering the earthquake victims in Haiti



In a press statement the musician said to be ''very deeply affected by the tragedy that struck the people of Haiti.''



As part of the proposal being put forward by the Senegalese superstar, a mega concert is also in the making, to be staged in Senegal sometime in February. Among the artist expected to be part of the mega project are Ivorian mega star, Alpha Blondy, Oumou Sangare of Mali, Congolese Papa Wemba, and a host of others from Senegal, Guinea and beyond.



"Our brothers and sisters in Haiti"


Benin has also offered its support and has just launched a telethon to help "our brothers and sisters" in Haiti, Beninese Minister of National Solidarity Ms. Mamatou Bio-Djossou, told the press. "You know how two peoples are linked by history; by the sad memory of slavery," the minister said. "Many Haitians feel attached to Benin, so we cannot let these people down. We will help Haiti finds its peace." 



Lagos State, Ivory Coast and Liberia have promised to grant money to the government of Haiti. Ivory Coast and Lagos state have offered one million U.S. dollars (690,000 euros). Liberia said it will donate 50.000 U.S. dollars (35.000 euros).



Lagos State Government has opened a Haiti donation venue where items and cash will be collected and sent to Haiti sometime next week.


The Governor, Raji Fashola urged all the members of the House of representative to donate substantially to aid the support of the US, Red Cross and the United Nations in restoring hope to the earthquake ravaged country.


The Governor also added that the government will not only donate cash, it will also send personnel to Haiti. 



Ivory Coast's  Head of State, Laurent Gbagbo, said to be "deeply affected" by the tragedy. "Ivory Coast will contribute to the international solidarity" for Haiti, he stated.





source: Africanews/AFP

photo: EPA