Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik handed over Norways contribution to the refugees in Darfur Wednesday to top model Sonja Wanda.
Bondevik met with the Norwegian- Sudanese model Sonja Wanda outside his office and placed a check of NOK 110 million (USD 16 million) in the collection box Wanda was holding.
Present were also representatives from the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) and the Red Cross, the organizations heading the collection effort to raise money for the refugees in Darfur.
«Norways contribution of NOK 110 million (USD 16 million) will be given through the UN and other charitable organizations,» Bondevik said. «The main responsibility remains in Africa, and pressure must be applied on the Sudanese government.»
He urged the Norwegian people to contribute money to the campaign.
«Im from Sudan, and this is just something I had to get involved in,» said Wanda to TV 2 Nettavisen. «If we dont do anything now, people will continue to die.»
Wanda said that she wished to go back to Sudan, but that it was difficult for the time being.
«But we are working on it,» said Halvor Fossum Lauritzsen, head of the foreign department at Red Cross, to TV 2 Nettavisen.
The aid organizations urged Norwegians to help any way they can.
Knut Christiansen, head of the foreign department at NCA said that is about one million people who are refugees in their own country and live under extreme conditions.
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