ADDIS ABABA, The Red Cross in Ethiopia, where millions of people suffer from famine caused by years of drought, said Wednesday it was donating $5,000 to help earthquake victims in Mexico.
The agency said it was sending the money despite ”the enormous needs prevailing in Ethiopia” because Mexico supported Ethiopia when Italy invaded the African nation in 1935, the same year the Ethiopian Red Cross was founded.
Total emergency relief aid to Ethiopia is expected to reach more than $1 billion by the end of the year.
- During the Italian occupation of Ethiopia, Mexico was the only country to condemn the occupation of the country in the League of Nations. Since then, relations between the two nations have strengthened.
- Addis Ababa, thanked Mexico by naming a square in the city called “Plaza Mexico.” Mexico then named a metro station in Mexico City called MetroEtiopía.
- Mexico re-opened its embassy in Addis Ababa in 2007.
- Ethiopia is represented in Mexico through its embassy in Washington DC. It also has an honorary consulate in Mexico City.