Miriam Makeba to visit DR Congo

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The famous South African singer, Miriam Makeba, will visit DR Congo from 10-14 March to support women who have survived sexual abuse, families affected by HIV/AIDS and other people made vulnerable by the fragile peace in the country, official sources said on Friday. According to a communiqué of the United Nations’ FAO of which she has been a goodwill ambassador since 1999, the singer will highlight during her visit the need to strengthen humanitarian aid in DR Congo where 70% of the population experienced food insecurity over the past 20 years as a result of violence, displacements, diseases and other factors. The singer will be visiting agricultural projects implemented by FAO in collaboration with local and international NGOs to provide aid to women who have survived abuses victims of HIV/AIDS. Miriam Makeba, the winner of the Dag Hammarskjöld prize for peace in 1986, will also meet the first lady of DR Congo, Mrs Olive Lembe di Sita, Ministers and UN officials and take part in a local cultural event with Congolese artists. Panapress

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