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By CCTV correspondent Rene Del Carme
A South African humanitarian team has wrapped up its’ week-long mission in flood-stricken Mozambique. The team which includes the South African National Force decided to respond to the plight of the Mozambican people, after floodwaters claimed the lives of more than 80 and left more than 200-thousand displaced. CCTVs Rene Del Carme reports.
Lending a helping hand and reaching out to the tens of thousands of flood-affected Mozambicans is what the South African Aid Mission to assist its Northern Neigbour was all about. Gift Of The Givers - which has delivered over 650-million rands in disaster relief aid to more than 30 countries around the world in the past 20 years- Managed to distribute around 200-tons of aid to thousands of displaced families around Southern Mozambique. But people queuing for aid grew impatient as they feared that there would not be enough food and water for all of them.
Lt. Kenny Black, Spokesman, S. African Military Health Services, said, "It’s heart-wrenching, because you go to places and you see people that haven’t eaten for four days and we eat everyday. So, it’s a bit draining, emotionally because as an African you can relate to these people."
Gift Of The Givers says although it reached thousands of Mozambicans, it believes that helping just one person or one family makes a big difference for humanity.
Gabriel Hertes, Fried of Gift of the Givers, said, "First of you feel proud that you are in this continent and you are able to help your brothers and sisters. Second, you realise no one else is going to take care of these problems, unless we step up and do something."
"And as the South African humanitarian team wraps up its seven-day mission - bringing much-needed aid to the flood victims of Mozambique - it’s clear that people here are still desperately hungry and thirsty for more. René Del Carme, CCTV, Mapapa, Chokwe."
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