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Egypt donates humanitarian aid

The first batch of Egyptian cargo carrying food and medical aid worth 12,000 tons has arrived in Juba yesterday to help those in need of humanitarian assistance across the country.

The items were received by the Minister in the Office of the President Mayiik Ayii Deng, the Minister of General Education and instruction Deng Deng Hoc Yai and Egyptian assistance Foreign Affairs Minister for Sudan and South Sudan Ahmed Fadel Yaccoub.

Speaking to the press, Ahmed Fadel Yaccoub said it was the first batch of the ten cargo planes expected to arrive in Juba in the next few days.

“Today’s airplane will be followed by other nine similar planes carrying food and medical aids,” he said. “The assistance will directly benefit the civil population who are starving in the country”.

Yacoub added that each carton is sufficient to feed a family of four people for a period of two weeks.

The donation was a response to the humanitarian request made to President Abdel Fattah El Sisi earlier by President Salva Kiir.

Yacoub continued that the second batch of food and medical assistances is expected to arrive on Wednesday.

“This air bridge of humanitarian aid is a symbol of the close and historic ties between Egypt and South Sudan,” he said.  “It is a symbol of friendship, a symbol of brotherhood and a symbol of support and it implies our readiness to stand by your side during this period of difficulties”.

He also reiterated Egypt commitment to support all those regional and international efforts that aim to create lasting peace between the parties as well to provide the foundation for stability and security for the people of this country.

Mayiik Ayii Deng, the Minister in the Office of the President who received the cargo on behalf of the President said the government has welcomed the efforts made by the Egyptian government.

He applauded the government of Egypt for its continuous support to the people of South Sudan saying that Egypt has always been “good supporter of the Republic of South Sudan”.

He said the ministry of humanitarian affairs and disaster management will decide where the aid will go exactly.

Deng appealed to other countries to follow the good example of Egypt and do their part in helping the country. “It is up to the international community to do their part”.

This is not the first time the Egyptian government has given aid. In March the Egyptian government also donated both food and medical assistance to the South Sudanese military.

By Morris Dogga

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