Subject: LUSA: Campaign to get rice to the hungry launched in Portugal

01-10-2003 22:43:00. Notícia nº SIR-5458429 Temas: new destaque4 East Timor: Campaign to get rice to the hungry launched in Portugal

Lisbon, Oct. 1 (Lusa) - A month-long campaign entitled "Give Rice Now", aimed at alleviating hunger in parts of East Timor, was launched Wednesday by a number of Portuguese organizations.

The initiative, organized by state radio RDP and the Lisbon City Council, will also involve a battalion of Portuguese peacekeeping troops stationed in Timor.

The soldiers will distribute the rice to needy populations in the district of Suai, the Oecussi enclave in West Timor and the island of Atauro.

A joint statement from the organizers stated: "International aid does not reach all who need it. We have to show our solidarity with the most vulnerable in Timor".

Organizers said bags of rice could be given to volunteer collectors, or money donations made to a special bank account.

JSD/CJB -Lusa-

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