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Bahrain offers $3m in crisis aid for Somalia

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bahrain has allocated  $3 million on an emergency basis to provide humanitarian aid to famine-stricken Somali people, said a senior official.

His Majesty King Hamad

His Majesty King Hamad issued directives to provide the emergency help to Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) board chairman Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
RCO secretary-general Dr Mustafa Al Sayed will supervise the relief process.

Meanwhile, a day-long campaign on Bahrain TV will tomorrow (August 12) attempt to raise thousands of dinars in aid for Somalia.

It is being led by the Information Affairs Authority and will be aired from 2pm to 6pm and 9pm to midnight, said a Bahrain Radio and Television Corporation spokesman.

"People from all walks of life in the kingdom will be invited to take part in a marathon discussion, during which callers will be invited to pledge donations in cash or kind," he said.

Several leading personalities from the fields of culture, arts, entertainment and sports will be invited to take part along with leading charity workers and others involved in aid-related activities.

Documentaries depicting the plight of the Somali people will also be shown, the spokesman said.

"The idea is to generate as much as we can for the people of Somalia, who are facing one of the worst humanitarian crises," said the spokesman.

"We are confident the people of Bahrain will donate generously during Ramadan, the month of giving. While we are mostly looking at cash donations, those in kind will also be accepted," he added.