14 August 2011

East Africa: EALA Joins Global MPs in Calling for Action On Famine in Somalia

The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has joined parliamentarians from 30 countries under the aegis of the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) in appealing for aid to address the extreme hunger threatening lives of more than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa.

The war-torn Somalia was singled out at the sidelines of the Polish Presidency of the Council of the EU seminar held in Warsaw, Poland last month. The Parliamentarians had convened at the Polish Parliament for a discussion themed: African Development Strategies towards the Millennium Development Goals.

According to a statement issued from the AWEPA headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands, last week, Ms. Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and a member of the AWEPA's Eminent Advisory Board, shared her grave concern about the spreading famine in Somalia in a letter organised by the Polish Parliament and the Senate in conjunction with the AWEPA.

Ms Robinson urged MPs in Europe and Africa to step-up their role in building awareness around the issue stating, "Somalia's people were at the centre of a perfect storm." She condemned the reluctance of the international community to provide help saying it ought to take appropriate responsibility.

EALA was represented at the seminar by the Speaker, Rt. Hon Abdirahin Abdi, Hon Augustine C. Loile Lotodo, Dan Kidega, Emerence Bucumi and Mr Kenneth Madete, Clerk of the Assembly.

The parliamentarians called for an increase in famine relief efforts by European States and EU institutions.

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