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Appeal for Contributions (1998)

August, 1998
(Source: ICA News, Issue No. 3/1998, pp. 5)

Appeal for Contributions
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Stop Press - Geneva, 11 August, 1998

The ICA President, Roberto Rodrigues has requested that a special international fund be established for co-operators wishing to show their solidarity to their fellow co-operators affected by the bomb which rocked the Kenyan capital on the morning of Friday, 7 August, 1998.

The nearly simultaneous bombings at U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania left nearly 250 people dead, over 5,000 injured and many people still missing. Kenya was hardest hit, especially the co-operative community in Kenya.

The explosion in Nairobi completely destroyed the offices of the Ufundi Savings and Credit Co-operative Society located next door to the Embassy and blew out the windows of the Co-operative Bank, an ICA member organisation located next door to the Ufundi Co-operative Building.

On August 11, ICA representative in Nairobi reported that 35 staff and five members have been killed at the Ufundi Savings and Credit Co-operative Society and nine staff were still missing. At the co-op bank, three staff were dead and 14 were missing.

Expressions of sympathy from co-operators around the world have been pouring into co-operative organizations around the world. Individuals or organisations who wish to make a donation to support the Kenya co-operatives can make a bank transfer in US dollars to the following account:
Account Number 205 202 60 Q
UBS, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
with the following reference: "Kenyan Bombing Solidarity Fund"

For further information about co-op losses in bombing in Nairobi, please see the press releases on the ICA Web site at the following URL: http://ica.coop.org/pressreleases/index.html