SLAF conducts humanitarian projects in Central Africa | Daily News


SLAF conducts humanitarian projects in Central Africa

A child receiving clothes from a SLAF officer.
A child receiving clothes from a SLAF officer.

The fourth Sri Lanka Air Force Aviation Contingent in the United Nation’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) conducted four major Civil-Military Co-operation (CIMIC) activities and several drug donation programmes during the last month in several villages around Bria, Central African Republic.

Their aim was to support the local people and to bring pleasant childhood memories to the children who are victims of conflicts.

This has benefited more than 1,000 boys and girls of ages under eight years. The Aviation Contingent distributed more than 1,000 clothes and toys including footballs. In addition, stationery items donated by Officers and Airmen in the contingent were distributed among 300 schoolchildren. All contingent members spent a day to prepare more than 2,000 nutritious food packs which were distributed to locals during each of these programmes.

Several drug donation campaigns were also conducted in parallel to the CIMIC activities in the Local Hospital in Bria. Those donations included emergency lifesaving drugs, antibiotics, analgesics and several other drugs.

These activities were organised under the guidance of SLAF Aviation Contingent Commander, Wing Commander Rasanga De Zoysa and with the consultation of the CIMIC Officer, Major Doaa Ali Esmail (Egyptian Army) for Sector East UN HQ. All contingent members contributed in making these events a success.

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