Salim Appeals To African Leaders To Help Mozambique

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (PANA) - In announcing a 500,000-US-dollar contribution by the OAU to help Mozambique cope with its flooding crisis, Secretary-General Salim Ahmed Salim Tuesday said he had made "direct appeal" to African leaders to provide "whatever support they can give" to Mozambique.
The money was in addition to a "token" assistance the secretary general had made to the same cause 18 February as he made his initial appeal to the international community to assist Mozambique cope with the worst floods in its history.

Salim told a press conference that although the amount of money the OAU was providing Mozambique was "relatively small to the magnitude of the crisis," it "is a clear and firm expression of our sense of concern and solidarity with the people of Mozambique" in the context of the limited resources of the organisation.

He lamented that the prevailing crisis in Mozambique was so "overwhelming," that it has reached "very tragic and unbearable proportions."

Among the worst of affected victims of the combination of destructive cyclone, heavy rainstorms, over-flowing rivers and floods, have been children, women and the elderly.

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