Taiwanese Embassy assists Cassamance refugees

Friday, August 31, 2007

The Taiwanese Embassy in The Gambia on Tuesday presented their 12th consignment to Cassamance refugees in the Fonis, Western Region, at a presentation ceremony held at Ndeman Village, Western Region.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Dr. Patrick Chang, Taiwanese Ambassador to The Gambia, said the 12th consignment consists of 100 bags of rice and vegetables, worth over D12,000. He added that the consignment is meant for the 5000 refugees in The Gambia.

According to Dr. Chang, the Embassy has already distributed over 1,326 bags of rice (one thousand, three hundred and twenty six) to the 5,000 refugees from Cassamance, in previous consignments.  He revealed that last week the Embassy also donated 55 bags of rice to the flood victims in the Central River Region.

Dr. Chang then thanked the Jammeh Foundation for distributing the rice and vegetables to the refugees in Sibanor and Somita. He urged the refugees to engage themselves in agriculture while they are in The Gambia. He further commended the farmers in Sapu for growing the rice and vegetables.

For his part, Ansumana Jammeh, Executive Director of Jammeh Foundation for Peace, commended Dr. Chang for their wonderful gesture, noting that it is part of efforts to alleviate poverty.

According to him, the refugees really appreciate Dr. Chang’s efforts and explained that JFP is delighted to be associated with the Taiwanese Embassy.

Lamin Gassama, from the Gambia Red Cross Society described the gesture as laudable, noting that it will help to drive out hunger and alleviate poverty.

Author: Written by Assan Sallah
Source: The Daily Observer Newspaper
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