Egypt donates food items to flood victims

Egypt donates food items to flood victims
[L-R] Ahmad Sobhy, charge d’affairs Embassy of Egypt, Peter Mayen Majogdit, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and Deng Dau Deng receives the donation (photo credit: James Atem)

The Egyptian government has donated 12 tonnes of food items to the victims affected by floods in South Sudan.

This comes after the two heads of state met in Cairo, Egypt, last month for bilateral talks.

Speaking during the donation, the Minister of Humanitarian and Disaster Management Peter Mayen Majongdit appreciated the Egyptian government for the support saying it would be of help to the ministry.

“We are very appreciative for the donation that we have received. What we have received were all food items which include rice, sugar, spaghetti, tomatoes, oil, and other basic food items,” Mayen said.

According to Mayen, the donation will enable the ministry to extend help to the people who were affected by the floods in the country.

“We have received 12 tonnes and this is perhaps the first one…we are hoping that we will continue with the relationship and expect more other donations.

“ [It] is good news for those who had been leaving in water and have now moved out but have nothing to feed on,” he added.

On his part, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Deng Dau Deng said it was not the first time that the Egyptian government extended their support in a similar donation.

“Today we have received a plane bringing food items to the victims of the flood, and this came as a result of the visit by president Salva Kiir Mayardit to Egypt two weeks ago for bilateral talks with Abdel Fattah al-Sisi,” he revealed.

He said the donations formed part of the discussions between President Kiir and President Al-Sisi when the two met last month.

He reiterated that last year, the Egyptian government also donated similar non-food and food items to support the forces in cantonment areas.

“We are grateful to the Egyptian Embassy for standing with us, and we promise to give what we received to the flood-affected population, and as foreign affairs ministry; we are happy to continue to develop the relationship to the high level,” he stressed.

 “They have offered us a new plot for our embassy and now the food items, this is part of the relations discussed between president Kiir and President al-Sisi and we hope for more.”

Meanwhile, Ahmad Sobhy Charge d’affairs Embassy of Egypt said it was President al-Sisi’s response to the flood-affected population

“That is why, President al-Sisi ordered the ministry of defence to send a military aircraft loaded with 12 tonnes urgently to extend food assistance to our brothers and sisters who were affected by the flood, especially in Unity, and the Jonglei States,” he stressed.

He reiterated the Egyptian government’s continuous support to the South Sudan part of the relations.