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Taiwan donates rice to Kenya

2012/04/26 10:43:16

Washington, April 25 (CNA) Taiwan has committed to donate 1,150 metric tons of rice to Kenya under a memorandum of understanding signed Wednesday with the U.S.-based charity Feed the Children.

The donation, estimated to be worth US$650,000, will be jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China, according to Taiwan's representative to the United States, Jason Yuan, who signed the memorandum on the government's behalf.

Yuan said the rice will be shipped from Taichung in central Taiwan in May. It will be delivered to the African country's Turkana area, schools in the Mombasa area and refugee camps in the eastern part of the country.

Steve Whetstone, the charity's senior vice president of international operations, expressed his appreciation for Taiwan's generosity and long-term support for relief efforts in Africa, saying that the donated rice will benefit many refugee families, most of whom have been displaced from neighboring Somalia.

Yuan for his part said that Taiwan's involvement in international humanitarian operations is in line with the country's policy of promoting flexible diplomacy.

"Taiwan, which used to be a recipient of U.S. aid, should give back to the international community now that it has achieved economic success," he said.

(By Tony Liao and Y.F. Low)