By Opeyemi Babalola
Addis Ababa University (AAU) has donated relief materials worth ten million birr to the internally displaced people in northern Ethiopia.
This was disclosed by the President of AAU, Professor Tassew Weldehanna, at a dispatching ceremony held at Sidist Kilo Main Campus.
The relief materials donated to the IDPs include foodstuffs, cooking oil, several furniture and mattresses.
Speaking at the dispatch ceremony, Weldehanna said the University, has over the past few years, provided financial and material assistance to the Ethiopian Defence Forces and other needy.
“Last year, the administration and academy staff of the university donated six million birr to those who were economically suffering following the lockdown due to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” He said.
He recalled that the University donated ten million birr from its internal revenue the national defence forces and to those citizens who were physically and psychologically abused by terrorist acts elsewhere in the country.
“This year, as a result of aggravated fighting in northern Ethiopia, scores of people have been displaced; women and children have been humiliated and raped by terrorist forces. We have been providing assistance to these victims in cash as well as with food and non-food items,” Weldehanna noted.
“We have already provided more than five million birr worth of goods and food items to the displaced people in Dessie Front recently.”
He added: “Today, we are sending more than ten million birr worth of foodstuffs, cooking oil, several furniture and mattresses to the internally displaced people.”