Officials in Senegal have been swift to offer their country’s aid to help Haiti, but some Senegalese question elements of the proposal.
Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade announced the country will donate $1 million in emergency aid to help Haiti, in addition to offering land to Haitians who want to relocate to Senegal. He said Haitians were sons and daughters of Africa since Haiti was founded by enslaved Africans, including some thought to be from Senegal. “The president is offering voluntary repatriation to any Haitian that wants to return to their origin,” said Mr Wade’s spokesman, Mamadou Bemba Ndiaye. Tuesday’s earthquake killed tens of thousands and left many more homeless.
Wade’s spokesman called it an offer of repatriation, and he recalled Haitians ancestral ties to Africa. Moustapha Konte, who works for the Regional Council of Dakar, says it is natural to share solidarity with Haitians because they share great-great-grandparents with Africans.
“Senegal is ready to offer them parcels of land - even an entire region. It all depends on how many Haitians come,” Mr Bemba Ndiaye said. “If it's just a few individuals, then we will likely offer them housing or small pieces of land. If they come en masse we are ready to give them a region.” The spokesman emphasised that the amount and location of the land depended on how many Haitians arrived, but if a region was given, it would be in a fertile part of the country - not in the Sahel or desert areas.
Senegal’s Mining Minister also announced that Senegal will hold a telethon to help Haitians.
Konte added that Wade is a Pan-African, who believes in a united Africa, so he is not surprised at the president’s declaration of solidarity with Haitians. They have been confronted with a bad situation, said Konte. They would be welcome here.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has announced it is sending $2.5m (£1.5m) in emergency aid to Haiti, to help it cope with last week's earthquake.
President Yayi Boni announced that his government will be organizing aid.
The government of Botswana has pledged BWP$1M (USD$149,000) to earthquake relief efforts.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
The government of the DRC has pledged US$2.5M of aid. The news of the donation has generated heated criticism among Congolese citizens.
President Hosni Mubarak directed the allocation of medical supplies and personnel to Haiti.
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo pledged US$2M of relief aid to Haiti on 16 January 2010 in which he said via an official statement: "The people of Equatorial Guinea and our government are deeply saddened and concerned by the extreme devastation and loss of life that has occurred in Haiti as a result of this terrible earthquake. We are joining the international community in pledging our support to those affected so they can receive adequate medical care, food, water and shelter in this moment of great need. Although our two countries are separated by an ocean, Equatorial Guinea stands with the victims in Haiti in this time of distress and chaos. We vow our commitment to the recovery efforts in Haiti and strongly encourage all of our international partners and foreign governments to do the same."
The government of Gabon announced a pledge of US$1M in aid.
The government of Ghana has promised a future contribution to the relief effort.
The government of Ivory Coast has pledged US$1 million to Haiti.
A donation link through mobile phone operator Safaricom was opened for Kenyans to donate to the Kenya Red Cross Society to aid victims of the earthquake.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf pledged an initial US$50,000 in aid to Haiti.
The Mauritian government has contributed US$500,000 to relief efforts in Haiti.
King Mohammed VI of Morocco approved the release of US$1M in emergency humanitarian aid for Haiti.
The Namibian government donated NAD$7.4 million (USD$1M) to relief efforts in Haiti.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Alhaji Jibril Maigari announced that the Nigerian government would provide an unspecified amount of financial aid towards the earthquake relief efforts.
The government of Rwanda has committed US$100,000 (56 million Rwandan Francs) to the relief of victims, making it among the first sub-Saharan African governments to provide financial support for the relief efforts.
In addition to US$1m in aid, the president of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade, issued a promise of free land and “epatriation” for Haitian refugees. Abdoulaye Wade explained to Euronews: “Take the case of Liberia, the Afro-Americans were transplanted there. Today those people are successfully integrated with the other African peoples, because they’re of African origin anyway, and they had originally been sent to the America’s against their will. So, it’s not really so extraordinary to transplant those who want, to find a piece of land somewhere in Africa, and, with the help of the international community, to create a city, and perhaps a whole country.”
The offer of repatriation was later modified as a resolution on creating a separate, independent state on the continent for repatriated Haitian refugees, the details of which were published by Le Soleil on January 16 and slated for submission to the African Union at a later date.
The South African government pledged R1 million (US$135,000) for the relief effort on 14 January.