Minister of State Böhmer met with ten female African Ambassadors in Berlin on 7 October. In their discussion, the Minister of State paid tribute to the special role played by strong women in the development of countries on the African continent. A key topic of discussion was the dramatic situation in the West African countries affected by the Ebola epidemic.
Minister of State Böhmer met the Ambassadors from Burkina Faso, Botswana, Ghana, Liberia, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritius, South Sudan, the Congo and Cape Verde. The Ambassador of Liberia reported on the dismal and alarming state that her country is in due to the Ebola epidemic.
Commenting on this, the Minister of State said:
It is a particular tragedy that a disproportionately high number of women have been affected by this terrible disease. Some two thirds of the victims are women because, due to their traditional role as carers of sick family members, they often come into direct contact with the disease without any form of protection.
Germany shows solidarity
Böhmer informed the Ambassadors of the Federal Government’s work to assist countries affected by the Ebola epidemic. The Minister of State also said:
Germany is showing solidarity and the willingness to help at a time when this is vital. Our assistance has rarely been needed as urgently as it is now. I am sure that in the face of this tragedy, the German people will continue to donate and provide assistance.