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Al-Gathafi Project first in Africa

Dec 27, 2010, 11:58 AM | Article By: Nfamara Jawneh

The Director of the Al-Gathafi Project for African youth, children and women, Abbas Ahmed Azraig, has said that the project is the first of its kind in the continent, and is an African initiative meant for the people of the continent.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Point newspaper, during his recent visit to The Gambia, Mr Azraig said the project is the brain-child of the Libyan leader brother Muammar Ghaddafi to save the African youth from HIV/AIDS, unemployment, and vagrancy, as well as to save the continent’s women, educate them and harness their energies.

According to Mr Abbas, the project would be providing protection for children, paying attention to health care for youths and concentrating on school health and vocational training, care for pregnant women, promoting nutrition, and clean drinking water etc.

He said that the Libyan leader was motivated in initiating the project as a result of his interaction with realities in the continent.

Meanwhile, it would be recalled that during his recent visit to The Gambia, the Libyan leader said “I landed in Dakar in order to come to Gambia by land in order to be able to drive among the people of in both Senegal and Gambia. Whenever I get chance in Africa, I drive by land…I drove by land to Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin…and between Nigeria, Benin and South Africa to Swaziland and Mozambique, I drove in every country through thousands of kilometres in order to know the African’s life”.

“Fourteen countries have so far benefited from the project in different ways, depending on the realities and felt needs in their respective countries,” Mr Abbas said.

He revealed that the Al Gathafi Project will also be drilling boreholes, and organising training courses for the women, children and the youth of Africa.

He recognised the efforts of the board of directors of the project, which is headed by the daughter of Ghaddafi, Dr Aisha Muammar Al-Ghaddafi.