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Rice donated by Taiwan to benefit needy Africans
Central News Agency
2014-07-01 11:25 PM
Johannesburg, July 1 (CNA) A total of 1,420 tons of rice donated by Taiwan has begun to arrive in five African countries -- South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Mozambique -- Taiwan's representative office in South Africa announced recently. The South African branch of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, Taiwan's largest charity organization, has already distributed rice to 3,000 households in Pretoria, with each household getting 20 kg, a move that is expected to benefit at least 15,000 people. Republic of China Representative to South Africa Michael Pei-yung Hsu, said he was honored to represent his government in donating the rice to local residents. Linda Ries, a local volunteer helping with the distribution, said that when she first helped Tzu Chi foundation members to distribute relief goods 14 years ago, the South African people had no knowledge of Taiwan and were actually afraid of Taiwanese people. They dared not accept the relief goods for fear they would be arrested by police and accused of stealing. But she said she was glad to see that Taiwan's love has continued unabated, and thanked the people of Taiwan. George Lebusa, an official of the Zodwa Khoza Foundation, a non-government organization, told CNA that he was grateful for Taiwan's concern over South Africa, noting that 20 kg of rice will help a family of five weather the cold winter. Parliamentarian Nonhlanhla Ndaba said it was the first time she had attended such a distribution event, and she added that she was touched and full of appreciation. She also expressed hope that the love from Taiwan will continue and extend into more areas. (By Hsu Mei-yu and Lilian Wu)
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