2023 Arab Sports Games-Judo (Day 2): Tunisians earn 6 more medals

Tunisian Judokas have clinched six new medals, including two gold, at the end of day-2 of Judo competitions held on Thursday as part of the Arab Sports Games in Algiers.

The two gold medals were won by Abdelaziz Ben Ammar (-90kg) and Nihel Landolsi (-70kg), while silver went to Kousay Ghars (-100kg), Arij Akkab (-78kg), and Sarra Marzouki (78kg).

Hachem Sellami settled for bronze in the (-81kg) category.

Tunisia had secured two gold medals, two silver, and five bronze at day-1 competitions, bringing their tally to 15 medals (4 gold, 5 silver, and 6 bronze).

Day-3, scheduled for Friday, will be dedicated to the "team" events. The Tunisian women have been placed in a group that includes Algeria and Syria.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

WomenCall launched to empower women entrepreneurs in Tunisia

The WIDU.africa project has just launched its new support tool for women entrepreneurs, called "Women Call," exclusively and for the first time in Tunisia.

This programme offers women entrepreneurs the chance to receive a grant ranging from TND 4,000 to TND 16,500, as well as tailored, one-to-one coaching.

Three one-to-one coaching sessions will be provided by the Redstart Tunisie business accelerator, through its network of coaches specialising in mentoring women entrepreneurs.

The deadline for applications for this initiative is July 31.

Several thematic events will also be organised to reinforce the entrepreneurial network of women entrepreneurs.

Co-organised by the WoMENA and WIDU.africa projects, both commissioned by German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the German Technical Development Cooperation Agency (GIZ), the WomenCall aims to foster inclusivity in economic development by prioritising women, especially those in underrepresented sectors and marginalized communities.

This programme is among the various entrepreneurship support tools developed by WIDU.africa, a project based on a digitised approach to promoting micro and small business entrepreneurship.

This new tool is intended to bolster the efforts already underway to tackle the structural and financial challenges faced by women entrepreneurs as they develop their businesses.

It will help legitimise and consolidate the place of women entrepreneurs in society by giving them access to the resources they need to make their businesses prosper.

WIDU.africa and WoMENA place particular emphasis on supporting women entrepreneurs in rural areas of the country, as well as in sectors traditionally dominated by men.

This support can have a positive impact on creating jobs and improving working conditions for women.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

The Diplomat Q&A: EU and Seychelles share real concern for ocean governance

The European Union (EU) and Seychelles have strong, longstanding diplomatic relations, especially as Seychelles has close historical ties to the EU member state France, given the island nation was first a French colony in the 1700s and its cultural and linguistic roots form part of the Creole nation today, which also has African, Chinese and Indian ancestry.

In modern times, the EU has become one of Seychelles' main partners in the fields of political, economic and trade as well as development cooperation. This also includes cooperation in maritime security, such as the fight against piracy, illegal drugs and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and the two partners share important trade agreements particularly in the fisheries sector.

The EU divides its relations with Seychelles into several categories; political, economic and trade, fisheries, environmental protection and climate trade, as well as promoting human rights, gender equality and good governance, according to the EU's official website.

In October 2019, the Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Seychelles, Vincent Degert, was accredited and since then has witnessed important changes taking place in the island nation as well as the impact of COVID-19.

Degert is making his last official visit to the island nation as he completes his mission in Seychelles and Mauritius and shares his thoughts with SNA on the events that took place during his mandate.

SNA: Ambassador Vincent Degert, you will be completing your mandate as the European Union Ambassador to Seychelles and Mauritius in July, what do you believe have been the most important points of progress in EU-Seychelles relations since 2019, when you were accredited?

VD: Well, let me say from the outset that the EU and Seychelles have built solid diplomatic, political and economic ties based on trust and shared values. We remain Seychelles' main trade partner, the main provider of foreign direct investment and tourists.

Despite the challenges that have marked my mandate, first, the coronavirus pandemic and then the consequences of the aggression of Ukraine by Russia, these four years have allowed us to achieve a number of key results.

In October 2021, the EU removed Seychelles from its official list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions in recognition of Seychelles' commitment to promoting tax good governance. Thanks to our solid relations, we have also been able to secure a grant of €2 million for the period 2021-2027, something that would not normally be possible as Seychelles has a high-income country status.

We have also strengthened our cooperation in the area of sustainable fisheries with the successful negotiation of a new Fisheries Agreement, the inauguration of several facilities for artisanal fishers as well as the successful organisation of the first BlueInvest event outside Europe, BlueInvest Africa that Seychelles hosted in September 2022.

We have also strengthened our cooperation in maritime security, an area where the EU and Seychelles clearly have a common interest, notably to address the scourge of drug trafficking in the context of the EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta broadened mandate.

Finally, the EU and Seychelles, together with four other countries in Eastern Africa, have launched negotiations for a renewed trade agreement, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). The implementation of the current EPA has been accompanied by very significant support to improve the ease of doing business through digitalisation and diversify the economy - notably in aquaculture - an even more important objective as highlighted by the supply chain disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SNA: What is your favourite memory of Seychelles that has marked your term as ambassador?

VD: Without any hesitation, the dive with the members of OceanCleanup Project Seychelles during our first EUBeachCleanup action in Seychelles in October 2021. I am a passionate diver and it was amazing to discover the wonders of Seychelles' marine environment and sea life with four Seychellois divers. It was a great experience! I understand why tourists agree to travel several hours to discover your beautiful country!

SNA: You have seen Seychelles' achievements and weaknesses over the last few years, how would you describe them and what do you believe needs to be done to address the weaknesses at a national level?

VD: I think that Seychelles' role as a champion for ocean protection is widely known. For the EU, this is important as we share with Seychelles a real concern for ocean governance - to ensure safer and healthier oceans for all. It is also in recognition of this important role that we have decided to organise the first BlueInvest event outside Europe in Seychelles.

In the framework of our strategic approach in the Indo-Pacific region, one of our key objectives is to take forward action to strengthen ocean governance in full compliance with international law, in particular, UNCLOS, and to ensure the sustainable management of the ocean's resources while safeguarding biodiversity.

I believe that in the context of our cooperation with Seychelles in the area of sustainable fisheries and maritime security, we are contributing to this objective. In general, I would say that Seychelles' comprehensive action for environmental protection is widely recognised. I am thinking of some emblematic actions that Seychelles is implementing such as the conservation programmes on the Aldabra Atoll and in the Vallée de Mai.

Seychelles, like all of us over the world, has to face a number of challenges be it climate change, biodiversity loss, vulnerability to pandemics as well as gender inequalities. On this front, we have supported the elaboration of the first National Gender Country Profile – that I had the opportunity to hand over to the Minister for Youth, Sports and Family in the margin of the Political Dialogue in October 2022. The expert Janick Bru has identified a number of challenges including those concerning domestic violence. She has made several recommendations that I hope can be implemented in order to promote gender equality.

I also hope that we can further enhance our partnership with Seychelles in the area of maritime security in particular against drug trafficking in order that drug seizures undertaken at sea result in traffickers being held accountable.

We will continue to work closely with Seychelles in this area as well as in other important areas to build resilience to climate change, food and health crises as well as support economic growth and promote human rights. The EU will remain a reliable partner for the Republic of Seychelles.

SNA: Maritime security is of great concern to Seychelles today, especially in the face of persistent illegal drug trafficking. Will the EU's ATALANTA maritime operation continue to provide support to Seychelles in maritime security and anti-piracy efforts in the coming years or is there talk of closing this programme down?

VD: Maritime security is indeed a great concern for Seychelles and countries of the region; it is also for the European Union. In December 2022, the mandate of EU Naval Force Operation ATALANTA has been extended for another two years. It will now run until December 31, 2024. Since its establishment in late 2008, in response to the rising levels of piracy in the Western Indian Ocean, Operation ATALANTA has significantly contributed to the repression of piracy.

In 2020, its mandate was broadened to some secondary executive tasks of countering the trafficking of weapons and narcotic drugs and non-executive tasks of monitoring illegal activities at sea including illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Since the start, EUNAVFOR has been working in close cooperation with Seychelles and has undertaken several port calls in Victoria.

I even remember that in May last year, we celebrated Europe Day on board the frigate Le Floréal. In December 2021, EUNAVFOR, the Regional Centre for Operational Coordination (RCOC) in Seychelles and the Regional Maritime Information Fusion Centre (RMIFC) in Madagascar signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance cooperation for the coordination of maritime security operations and foster maritime information exchange.

Ambassador Degert (right) welcomed President Ramkalawan on 'Le Floreal' frigate in May 2022. (Seychelles Nation) Photo License: CC-BY

EUNAVFOR Atalanta and both regional centres conducted their first joint operation, named MARLIN, in September last year in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Seychelles. The joint operation, focused on combatting drug trafficking and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU fishing), made it possible to detect and monitor more than 20 vessels in an area of about 150,000 square kilometres thanks to the information provided by the air assets deployed by the EU and Seychelles.

More recently, thanks to the information provided by the RCOC, the Seychelles Coast Guard seized one tonne of drugs during an operation at sea implemented with EU financial support through the MASE programme. I would also like to add that one of the major successes of the EU-Seychelles partnership is that we have agreed to tackle the issue of drugs and arms trafficking in this region through the establishment of a legal finish. It means that criminals apprehended at sea by EUNAVFOR can be transferred to the Attorney General for prosecution to face justice in Seychelles' courts.

We have managed to finalise an Exchange of Letters following fruitful discussions with the government that would extend the legal finish from piracy to cover also drugs and arms trafficking with the support of EU Member States participating in Operation ATALANTA.

Seychelles is acting as a pioneer in promoting maritime security in this region and this is highly commendable. We hope that the lead role played by Seychelles will help to bring other countries of the region to reinforce the regional maritime security architecture in order to address the scourge of drug trafficking that is negatively impacting the socio-economic fabric of many countries in this region.

SNA: The topic of sustainable tuna fisheries is high on the agenda in the western Indian Ocean region, where the European Union is a major stakeholder through the private purse seiner companies of its member countries that fish in these waters, namely French and Spanish. As a diplomat who works to protect the interests of the EU, but at the same time is aware of the environmental impacts of fish aggregating devices (FADS), have you ever found yourself in an ethical conflict in choosing between the economic needs of the EU companies and that of detrimental effects of industrial fishing in Seychelles?

VD: Thank you for your question which allows me to clarify a number of sensitive issues. The possibility for EU vessels to fish in Seychelles waters is governed by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement that we negotiate and sign with the government of Seychelles. As part of the fisheries agreement, EU fishing vessels have obligations. This means that all the operations of the EU fleet are legal, reported and subject to control.

As regards conservation measures including those related to fish aggregating devices (FADs), the current EU-Seychelles Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement provides that in order to reduce the entanglement of sharks, marine turtles, or any other non-targeted species, the EU vessels shall use non-entangling designs and materials in the construction of FADs. In addition, to reduce the impact of FADs on the ecosystem and the amount of synthetic marine debris, the EU vessels shall use natural or biodegradable materials for FADs and retrieve them in the Seychelles waters when they become non-operational FADs within the modalities of the Seychelles legislation.

One of the latest projects that Degert and President Ramkalawan inaugurated was the Baie Ste Anne Praslin fish market and other facilities. (Romano Laurence) Photo License: CC-BY

Actually, the fisheries agreement includes a specific provision for a dedicated marine environmental fund to which purse seine ship-owners should contribute. This fund, which is managed by the Seychelles authorities, is used for the collection of abandoned FADs drifting in the Seychelles EEZ. We have for instance partly funded the first Fish Aggregating Devices clean-up exercise mission in October last year.

Also, I wish to underline that, at the IOTC, the EU has tabled a comprehensive and stringent proposal to manage the drifting FADs that – had it been adopted – would have represented one of the most advanced texts ever adopted by a Regional Fishery Management Organisation. The adoption of this proposal would have substantially increased the sustainability of FAD fishery by reducing the number of FADs deployed to a level never even discussed in any other oceans, enforcing the use of biodegradable FADs and introducing the basis for traceability in the use of FADs. Unfortunately, the proposal was blocked by a few countries. However, we will not be discouraged and we will continue to work in order to convince that this is a step forward in the interest of all participating countries.

SNA: Has the European Union been monitoring the local press complaints concerning freedom of speech and expression as well as Seychelles' decline in the Reporters Without Borders ranking and how do you believe this issue within a democracy is best addressed?

VD: Freedom of the media is vital for democracy and is a priority of our internal policies and our external action. Here in Seychelles for instance, we support the Human Rights Commission for the organisation of sensitisation actions for the media.

We have also started to work in a new area that is attracting more and more attention at the global level – the fight against disinformation. In December 2022, the EU Cyber4Dev project organised a two-day training on 'Understanding and Fighting Disinformation in a Democratic Society' to promote media literacy.

As regards Seychelles ranking in the 2023 World Press Freedom Index of Reporters Without Borders, we read the statement released by the State House expressing disappointment with this ranking and calling media practitioners to - allow me to quote - "do their best to achieve the highest standards possible in journalism by promoting the truth while abiding by the utmost ethical standards."

I trust and I know that the government is and will remain fully committed to maintain and implement those highest standards. Media freedom and media pluralism are essential to our democracies and are enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. We will therefore continue to promote it every time and everywhere.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Boukhtir calls for stepping up international efforts to address climate change

Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research Moncef Boukthir pointed to the importance of international cooperation during his remote participation in works of the XIV International Convention on Environment and Development, held on July 3-7 in Cuba with attendance of environment, science, technology and innovation ministers from the Group of 77 and China

The minister further underlined the need to share ideas in response to the numerous challenges posed by climate change and environmental degradation, reads a ministry press release.

Besides, he underlined the need to step up international initiatives to support the use of science and technology to achieve sustainable development goals.

Boukthir underscored on the occasion, Tunisia's adoption of a new development plan through the 2035 strategy, based on a national scientific research system that represents a pillar of the knowledge economy.

The Tunisian university has has tailored to the training needs of future graduates and researchers in the renewable energy and the environment fields, he pointed out.

Tunisia, which has always called for greater international efforts to deal with emergencies and natural disasters, is highly exposed to climate change are other Southern countries, he said.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Burkina: Security, agriculture and politics, on the cover of daily newspapers

The Burkinabè newspapers reaching the AIB this Thursday, comment on subjects related to the agricultural campaign, politics as well as defense and security, with the visit of a exhibition, the day before in Ouagadougou, by the Head of State, Captain Ibrahim Traoré.

The national daily Sidwaya, like other daily newspapers, reproduces the press release of the Direction of Communication of the Presidency of Faso relating to the visit of President Ibrahim Traoré to the International Synergie Safety, Security and Defense Fair (SYSDEF).

The newspaper bearing: "Safety, Security and Defense Synergy Fair: The Head of State encourages the organizers", presents, in the headline, the image of the President of the Transition, Head of State, Captain Ibrahim Traoré, in visiting the SYSDEF stands.

L'Observateur Paalga, the dean of the Burkinabè private dailies, Today in Faso and Le Pays present the same front page.

The newspapers inform that for the commissioner of SYSDEF, Hyacinthe Zouré, the visit of the Head of State shows that he is close to his people.

They specify that placed on the theme: “What contributions of the private sector in securing States? », this first edition brings together all the military and paramilitary bodies as well as private sector players who offer security and defense tools and services.

L'Express du Faso, a private daily published in Bobo-Dioulasso, devotes its column ''Might as well say it...'' to the closure of schools because of terrorism, noting that “the situation is really worrying”.

The same newspaper which quotes the words of a farmer, displays: "Cotton campaign 2023-2024: We will maximize the yield to face the price of fertilizers".

According to L'Express du Faso, the 2023-2024 cotton campaign has taken hold since the beginning of June.

"The prices of fertilizers and the purchase of seed cotton are also known", indicates the newspaper, before adding that "despite the high cost of fertilizers, cotton farmers remain resilient and are in the oven and in the mill to maximize yields" .

For his part, Sidwaya, through the article entitled: "Agricultural campaign 2023-2024: Minister Ismaël Sombié listening to producers in the East", highlights the visit to the Eastern region , of the new Minister in charge of Agriculture.

In another chapter, the private newspaper Le Quotidien looks back on the 5th edition of the National Meeting of the Framework for Consultation and Orientation for State/Private Sector Dialogue (CODESP), held in Bobo-Dioulasso, on July 4 and 5. .

In this regard, it features: "State/Private Sector meeting: + Young traders do not have the opportunity to speak and present their concerns +", taking up the words of Salif Konseiga, a young entrepreneur.

In politics, Burkinabè newspapers devoted their comments or editorials mainly to the situation in Côte d'Ivoire, South Africa and Senegal.

Thus, Le Pays in its ''Internal Dialogue'' addresses the political future of Ivorian personalities, considering that "Soro (Guillaume, former PM, Editor's note) is diving, Gbagbo (Laurent, former president) remains hopeful".

As for Today in Faso, it focuses its ''Radioscopie'' on the Party of African Peoples-Côte d'Ivoire (PPA-CI) of former President Laurent Gbagbo who will be absent from the local elections on September 2 because that "having had until July 1 , 2023 to appeal as a last resort in order to reinstate Gbagbo's electoral list, the PPA-CI did not comply".

For the editorialist of the newspaper, it is a "Bad pickaxe for Laurent Gbagbo" because, he argues, "for these local September 2 draw or redraw the electoral map of Côte d'Ivoire".

For his part, Sidwaya directs his ''The other look'' on South Africa, wondering if "the African National Congress (ANC), the all-powerful ruling party in South Africa, will towards its decline? ".

Indeed, comments the newspaper, “it is the conviction of a coalition of seven opposition political parties, including the main rival of the ANC, the Democratic Alliance (AD). This group, which will soon be formalized, announced on Monday, July 3, its firm desire to steal the spotlight from the ANC at the polls during the general elections (national and provincial) of April 2024”.

Meanwhile, L'Observateur Paalga returns to the news in Senegal marked by the renunciation of President Macky Sall not to run for a third presidential term.

Commenting on the reaction of the chairman of the African Union (AU) commission, Moussa Faky Mahamat, who congratulated Macky Sall for the decision, L'Observateur Paalga wonders about what "what would the AU have done if he (Macky Sall) represented himself?”.

In the opinion of the newspaper, we should not wait for the coups d'etat to intervene after the disputed third mandates to condemn them and force the soldiers to return quickly to the barracks.

“You have to be proactive and anticipate any crises that might arise by playing watchdogs for democracy,” concludes L'Observateur.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

“CENASA needs a new vision to meet the needs of cultural actors”, new PCA

"The National Center for Arts, Entertainment and Audiovisual (CENASA) needs a new vision to meet the needs of cultural actors", said Thursday, Etienne Lompo, its new Chairman of the Board of Directors (PCA).

"Although being a more or less stable EPE, the National Center for the Arts, Entertainment and Audiovisual (CENASA) nevertheless needs a new vision and a new lease of life, to respond more effectively to current needs. and future of cultural actors, national and international users", affirmed its new chairman of the board of directors (PCA), Etienne Lompo.

The new Chairman of the Board of Directors (PCA) of the National Center for Arts, Entertainment and Audiovisual (CENASA) Etienne Lompo

According to him, CENASA with these many years of existence certainly does not escape difficulties and requires a new dynamic for its proper functioning.

Mr. Lompo spoke Thursday in Ouagadougou during the ceremony of his installation by the Secretary General (SG) of the Ministry of Communication, Culture, Arts and Tourism Fidèle Tamini.

The new CEO of CENASA expressed his gratitude to the Minister in charge of Culture, Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo for the trust placed in his modest person.

The new CEO of CENASA Etienne Lompo was installed by the Secretary General (SG) of the Ministry of Communication, Culture, Arts and Tourism Fidèle Tamini (right)

He says he measures the immensity of the task that awaits him and says he counts on the support of his collaborators to meet the challenges of the structure.

"This confidence thus calls me to assume a responsibility which covers complex and varied missions and which requires, among other things, professionalism, dynamism, probity, accountability, loyalty, commitment and performance, principles that I have always had and will take to heart. , be certain, to respect scrupulously,” he maintained.

Etienne Lompo also congratulated his predecessor Jacob Daboué for the work done during his time at the head of CENASA.

According to him, with all the workers, he will work for coherence and efficiency in order to initiate for CENASA, a new phase of its growth and its optimal development.

As a reminder, Etienne Lompo was appointed by the Council of Ministers as the new CEO of CENASA on June 21, 2023.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Health Ministry strives to address shortage of specialist doctors in Médenine (Minister)

The health situation in Medenine governorate took centre stage on Thursday in a working session held at the Ministry of Health's headquarters. The session, presided over by Health Minister Ali Mrabet, saw the attendance of the region's governor Said Ben Zayed, secretary general of the local labour union Ali Adouani, and ministry representatives.

During the session, the Minister emphasised that his department is actively addressing the shortage of specialist doctors, paramedical staff, and healthcare workers in order to strengthen the governorate's hospitals, he was quoted as saying at a Ministry statement.

Several key issues were discussed in the working session, including the provision of healthcare services in the governorate, strategies to address human resource shortages, and the prompt implementation of planned health projects in Medenine.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Moroccan Sahara: Italy welcomes ”serious and credible efforts” led by Morocco

Italy hailed "the serious and credible efforts" made by Morocco to reach a solution to the Sahara issue, in the Action Plan for the implementation of the Multidimensional Strategic Partnership between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Italian Republic, signed on Wednesday in Rome, we learned from the Moroccan Press Agency.

"Italy welcomes the serious and credible efforts made by Morocco", as reflected in Security Council resolution 2654 of October 27, 2022, says this Action Plan, signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans residing abroad, Mr. Nasser Bourita and his Italian counterpart, Mr. Antonio Tajani.

Referring to the Moroccan autonomy initiative, Italy also reaffirms ''its support for the UN Secretary General's efforts to pursue the political process aimed at achieving a political, just, realistic, pragmatic, lasting and mutually acceptable to the question of the Sahara, which is based on the compromise in accordance with resolution 2654'', the document points out.

Italy, in this same Action Plan, ''encourages all parties to pursue their commitment in a spirit of realism and compromise, in the context of arrangements consistent with the purposes and principles set out in the Charter of the United Nations' '.

The action plan, concluded in the continuity of the Joint Declaration signed, in Rabat, on November 1, 2019, constitutes a concrete implementation of the multidimensional Strategic Partnership between Morocco and Italy; a partnership oriented towards permanent dialogue and practical and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Bourita, is on a working visit to Italy this Wednesday, July 5, at the invitation of his Italian counterpart, Antonio Tajani. This is Mr. Bourita's first visit to Italy after the appointment, in October 2022, of Mr. Tajani as Vice-President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic. .

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Sanguié: 350 households relieved by OCADES CARITAS BURKINA

OCADES CARITAS BURKINA donated on July 4, 2023, food and non-food items of more than 53 million FCFA, mainly to children from 0 to 5 years old, pregnant and breastfeeding women from 350 households in the province of Sanguié.

The High Commissioner of the province of Sanguié, Talari Germaine Ouoba, presided over the launching ceremony of the "emergency response" of OCADES CARITAS BURKINA in Koudougou, intended to relieve 350 households among the internally displaced persons of the province . It was Tuesday, July 4, 2023, at the place of the nation of Réo.

The consequences of the security crisis are also palpable in the province of Sanguié. And among the internally displaced people who face food insecurity, there are several children aged 0 to 5, pregnant women and breastfeeding women.

It is this category of vulnerable people that OCADES CARITAS BURKINA in Koudougou has chosen to support with food and non-food items.

Among the 350 households scattered in the communes of Dassa, Réo, Kyon, Tenado, Didyr, Zamo, Zawara and Pouni, each beneficiary household received a 100 kg bag of maize, a 25 kg bag of rice, a bag of 25 kg bean, a 5 liter can of oil, 2 kg of dry fish and 40 balls of soap.

In addition, 150 pregnant women, 150 nursing mothers and 200 children aged 0 to 5 listed shared 403 kg of spirulina, a food supplement.

It should be noted that 150 internally displaced students from the municipality of Dassa received at the Réo Reception Center in December 2022, had already received food and non-food items consisting of corn, blankets and soap.

Through this expression of solidarity, the OCADES CARITAS BURKINA in Koudougou thus intends to contribute to the alleviation of the food suffering of vulnerable households, internally displaced persons and to the prevention of malnutrition of pregnant women, breastfeeding women and children of 0 to 5 years, suggests the representative of the donor structure, Alice Valia / Beloum.

As for the High Commissioner of the province of Sanguié, Talari Germaine Ouoba, it was above all a question for her of welcoming this humanitarian action which, according to her, is a strong act of comfort.

The senior parish priest of Saint Alphonse de Réo parish, along with parish priests from other parishes in the province, blessed the donation and prayed for peace in Burkina Faso.

Estimated at more than 53 million CFA francs, this contribution from OCADES CARITAS BURKINA to Koudougou was financed by its partner Relais France.

Source: Burkina Information Agency