MAURITIUS, 12 January 2005 - At a ceremony attended by representatives of several countries affected by the recent tsunami, the Mauritian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Jayen Cutaree, delivered a cheque for US$ 50,000 to UNICEF to aid in the tsunami relief efforts. He also presented an additional US$250,000 to the various countries affected.
"While fortune spared Mauritius when the tsunami hit, our Government cannot remain insensitive to the havoc and deep psychological trauma inflicted on the peoples of the affected countries," said the Minister. "In the context of regional and global solidarity as well as vis a vis our own vulnerability, Mauritius is pleased to offer this donation," he added.
The donation ceremony was attended by representatives from the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Grenada, Jamaica, UNICEF, the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent.
“UNICEF will ensure that these funds facilitate efforts to bring some normalcy back into the lives of children, i.e. reunite them with their families, protect them from exploitation and help them go back to school. The funds will also go towards the provision of safe water, nutritional supplements and basic health care,” said Barbara Bentein, UNICEF’s Representative to Madagascar, Mauritius and the Comoros Islands.
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