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EU Governments must do more for East Africa – MacLochlainn

21 July, 2011 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Speaking after attending a meeting of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee with the heads of seven African Missions in Ireland, Kenya, Ethiopa, Nigeria, Lesotho, Morocco, Egypt and South Africa, Sinn Féin Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Padraig MacLochlainn called on EU Countries including Ireland to do more to help the crisis in East Africa.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:

“Oxfam has reported that several rich governments are wilfully neglecting the aid effort to avert a catastrophe in East Africa.

“This is not only reprehensible but absolutely disgraceful.

“Given the history of colonialism of many of the EU Countries there is an onus on them to help out now more than ever by pledging aid to East Africa.

“I am calling on EU Governments, including Ireland to step up to the plate and do more to ease the situation in East Africa.” ENDS

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