Indonesia Handed Over Disaster Relief Fund for Drought Victims in Namibia


?To commemorate the 68th anniversary of the Indonesian Independence, the Indonesian Embassy in Windhoek conducted the Community Service to help drought victims in Namibia. The Community Service was marked with the hand over of aids to the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) (08/15). The disaster relief fund amounting to N$ 80,000 (approximately Rp. 80 million) was handed over by the Indonesian Ambassador to the Secretary General of NRCS, Ms. Dorkas Kapembe-Haiduwa at the NRCS office in Windhoek.


In her speech, Ms. Haiduwa expressed her gratitude for the humanitarian aid presented by the Indonesian Embassy and hope that more parties followed the footsteps of Indonesian Embassy in alleviating the burden of victims of the worst drought in 30 years.


This is not the first time for the Indonesian Embassy in assisting the mission of NRCS and in the future, the Indonesian Embassy is expected to continue supporting NRCS humanitarian aid programs.


The Indonesian Ambassador, Agustinus Sumartono said that this aid is a form of Indonesian sympathy and solidarity to the Namibian people who are victims of the drought. "Despite the fact that the amount of aid is not too large, it is expected to alleviate the burden of the victims".


The Indonesian ambassador also said that Indonesia will never forget the assistance given by Namibia to Indonesia during the tsunami disaster in Aceh and North Sumatra on December 26, 2004.


The aid handover ceremony was attended by NRCS staff and was covered by several print media and electronic media in Namibia.


The drought disaster in Namibia this year has given great impact on the social living conditions of Namibian people, especially the farmers, ranchers, women and children as we have reported previously.


The Namibian government in its statement appeals to the international community to help overcome this drought. Several countries, such as the United States, Turkey, China and Russia, have given aids. (Source: The Indonesian Embassy in Windhoek)