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Central African Republic: Cooperation dispatches humanitarian aid

ROME, Italy, April 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A flight will be dispatched tomorrow from the Orio al Serio Airport (Bergamo) to the Central African Republic by the Italian Cooperation, carrying aid to the population severely affected by the crisis under way.

Responding to an appeal by Italian volunteer associations, the Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will cover the costs of a shipment of medical and food supplies valued at approximately 300,000 euro, collected by the “Maniverso” and “Amici per il Centroafrica” associations and the diocesan Caritas of Treviso. The goods will go to the “S. Pietro Celestino V” Hospital in Bimbo, a short distance from the capital city of Bangui. The flight was organised in collaboration with the UN logistics base in Brindisi (UNHRD).

This latest intervention falls within the broader framework of 2.5 million euro’s worth of initiatives the Italian Cooperation intends to carry out this year on behalf of the Central African Republic in the sectors of education, healthcare and the protection of internally displaced persons. An initial shipment was dispatched back in February 2014 in collaboration with the UNHRD base and the NGO Intersos.

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