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11-year-old Ghanaian boy to address AU on Somalia

(Xinhua)

08:56, August 23, 2011

ACCRA, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) has invited 11-year-old Ghanaian boy Andrew Adansi-Bonnah to address the pan- African body on Somalia during its pledging conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, scheduled on Thursday.

According to a letter from the AU Commission to Ghanaian Embassy to Ethiopia, the schoolboy from Ghana is expected to address African leaders on food security, accessible health care and nutrition, right to education, conflict resolution and post- war reconstruction of Somalia as well as pan-Africanism.

"The commission has come across media reports regarding an initiative taken by the 11 year school boy to raise money for the victims of Somalia," said the letter received here on Monday.

"The commission is deeply touched by this initiative, which shows a strong conscience and early sense of solidarity," it added.

This initiative should be encouraged and emulated elsewhere on the continent, not only as a way of assisting the Somalia people in their hour of need, but also in order to promote the much- needed pan-African spirit among the younger generations, to further the goals of AU, it said.

Reports reaching here said that the AU Commission would organize side media activities to give adequate coverage for Adansi-Bonnah's generous and timely initiative and to encourage him to further pursue his efforts geared at inspiring other Africans to follow his example.

Closely following the situation in war-torn Somalia and counting children and women virtually starving to death, Adansi- Bonnah conceived an idea last month to raise 20 million cedis (about 13 million U.S. dollars) to support victims of the troubled country.

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