Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko transferred the cash donated by His Holiness Pope Francis to Rakhine State government yesterday. “The Pope with his goodwill for the victims of terrorist attacks in Rakhine State, particularly for those of the Maungtaw area, made a donation of US$100,000 through a representative,” said Chief Minister of Rakhine State U Nyi Pu at the ceremony. “We will use this donation in building roads, wells and lakes, which are included in the social needs for the direct and long-term benefit of the victims,” he pledged, expressing pleasure for the assistance.
“We are happy that a donation was made for the people who are suffering from hardships,” he said, explaining the local government’s current and long-term efforts for regional peace, stability and progress. “Additionally, assistance provided by the government has also broadened our undertakings,” he said.
“I am the chair of the Nyein Chan Metta organization, and on behalf of the Pope, presented the US$100,000 to the Union Minister, who transferred the cash to Rakhine State government,” said U Myint Swe.
U Myint Swe said, “Nyein Chan Metta has over 90 branches worldwide.” We have plans to restore peace, reconciliation and progress, especially in the conflict zones of Kachin State and northern Shan State through religious leaders. We are also arranging a conference in Nay Pyi Taw in which local and international religious leaders, NGOs and diplomats will take part.”
U Aye Lwin of Islamic Faith and member of the Nyein Chan Metta said, “The donation is a non-binding assistance for the Rakhine State government which is free to use it in all necessary areas,” pledging to bring peace of mind for all the people through love and peace from the religious point of view. He said, “We also have manageable-scale plans for development, and it is just our first step. Many more will come.”
“Our group is based on religion, and all-inclusive understanding of love, forgiveness, tolerance and diversity from the religious point of view is the goal of our religious leaders,” he said.
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