Financial Director of Live Aid Travels to Sudan
LONDON (AP) _ The financial director of the Live Aid appeal flew to Khartoum Saturday to set up a trucking operation to take food to the starving millions in famine- ravaged Sudan.
Philip Rusted said the Band Aid Trust, which is handling the millions of dollars raised by last month’s Live Aid rock concerts in London and Philadelphia, has bought 40 trucks for $1 million and they are already in Sudan.
The trust also has put a deposit of $1 million on another 94 trucks that are scheduled to arrive in Sudan from Kuwait next week, he said. The total cost of all 134 vehicles will be $5.2 million, he added.
Twenty trucks in Port Sudan are scheduled to leave Thursday with 600 tons of food for western Sudan, and the 94 trucks arriving next week will carry food to northern Sudan, according to Rusted.
He said the food will be supplied by the U.S. Agency for International Development - AID.
The goal is for the new trucks to tranport 140,000 tons of food to famine areas in a year.
″Even this is not sufficient,″ he said. ″A lot more is required. We know that other operators will be running trucking systems and it is hoped that the railways will improve. We are looking at logistical support for the railway.″
So far, the trust has received about $55 million but Rusted said an exact tally was not yet available. Organizers have estimated the July 13 concerts raised $70 million in pledges.
Rusted said his organization was negotiating to buy two water drilling rigs and was considering agricultural projects suggested by various relief agencies.
″We are keeping a contingency fund back for emergency work so if anything dramatic does occur we can fund air lifts,″ he said.