African diplomats in Tokyo donate to Yolanda victims

Posted at 02/10/2014 10:39 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Donations for communities affected by "Yolanda" continue to pour in, three months after the super typhoon hit the central Philippines.

The African Diplomatic Corps in Tokyo handed over to Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel M. Lopez the collective donation of the ADC and the Association of the Wives of African Ambassadors for victims of "Yolanda".

The ADC was represented by the dean of the ADC Ambassador Stuart H. Comberbach of Zimbabwe, Ambassador Ahmed Araita Ali of Djibouti, Ambassador Samir Arrour of Morocco, Ambassador Richard Ramoeletsi of Lesotho, Ambassador Francois Oubida of Burkina Faso, Ambassador Youngor Telewoda of Liberia and Ambassador Jacob Dickie Nkate of Botswana.

Comberbach said the ADC decided to raise funds for the typhoon victims after hearing the report of the six African envoys who visited Tacloban last month.

The envoys, who presented their credentials to President Bengino S. Aquino III in Manila, had an opportunity to visit Tacloban upon the invitation of Ambassador Lopez.

The group visited the newly constructed building of the San Fernando Central School and distributed gifts for typhoon survivors.

Comberbach said their colleagues who went to Tacloban were very moved by what they saw.

He reiterated the African nations’ solidarity with and support for the Philippines, and expressed the hope that their donation can do some good for those who suffered.

For his part, Ambassador Lopez conveyed his sincere appreciation to the African ambassadors for their sympathy, support and prayers.