AU sets up Haiti fund

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission chairman Jean Ping said Sunday the continental body had opened a fund to help Haiti recover from a d evastating earthquake.
An estimated 150,000 people are thought to have been killed when a huge, 7.
1-mag nitude earthquake hit the the Caribbean Island two and half weeks ago.
Much of the capital, Port au Prince, was left in ruins after the quake.
Ping said the AU had opened an account with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to mobilise funds to help take care of survivors and re-build Haiti.
``What happened in that country knows no borders.
Africa, being the original mot herland of Haitians, feels for the victims, and wants to contribute to relieving the pain and suffering," he said.
He thanked African countries which had already contributed to the Haiti relief e ffort and urged others to do the same.

31 january 2010 10:52:00




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