BA jets - BA will fly aid to AfricaIn the coming days, British Airways will send a jumbo jet full of supplies for crisis-hit East Africans.

Carrying aid from Oxfam and Unicef, the Boeing 747 will have the capacity for 110 tons of cargo and will take relief to people suffering from famine, disease and drought in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

The plane will leave from Stansted airport in Essex on Friday, August 12, bound for Ethiopia.

Meanwhile, in Ireland, despite persisting economic problems, more than 7 million Euros have been donated by citizens to famine relief — more, per capita, than any other country in Europe.

Irish aid agencies suggest it is the nation’s collective memory of the Irish Famine that may be the driving force behind the Emerald Isle’s generosity

(READ the British Air story in the Belfast Telegraph)

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