A Gift To: Haiti, From: Congo

In the town of Beni, there is a controversy about the financial aid that Congo is sending to Haiti.

In my heart, there is a controversy and I feel quite torn over this issue.

Honestly, I’m impressed to see such generosity from a country which has so little. Meanwhile, I’m struggling to understand why Congo isn’t using these funds to help itself. Please don’t misunderstand me. The earthquake in Haiti is devastating and clearly a humanitarian crisis. Yet Congo remains devastated by years of warfare and is rife with suffering, hunger, poverty, etc. For a country which relies upon foreign aid itself, it seems irresponsible to be sending aid to other countries.

The headline this morning on BBC News:

Poor DR Congo offers aid to Haiti

The Democratic Republic of Congo has announced it is sending $2.5m (£1.5m) in emergency aid to Haiti, to help it cope with last week’s earthquake.

Continue reading at BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8466275.stm

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