USARAF Civilian donates children’s clothing to Addis Ababa landslide survivors

On Mar. 11, a landslide at the Koshe landfill claimed the lives of 115 people. The site has been a dumping ground for more than 50 years.

Just days later, Larry Robinson, U.S. Army Africa anti-terrorism and force protection division chief, donated more than 400 articles of children’s clothing to the survivors.

Robinson, who traveled to Ethiopia from Vicenza, Italy, to set up for the USARAF-led exercise Justified Accord 17, said he always brings something to donate when he travels.

“It’s a good feeling to make the life of someone who is suffering better,” Larry Robinson said.

Larry Robinson, exercise security planner with U.S. Army Africa, makes a donation of more than 400 articles of clothing and shoes to survivors of the Mar. 11 landslide that killed 113, at a donation collection camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mar. 17,2017. Robinson is in Addis Ababa for the USARAF-led exercise Justified Accord 17, which is an annual joint exercise that brings together U.S. Army personnel, African partners, allies and international organizations to promote interoperability between participating nations for peace keeping operations in the East Africa region. (U.S. Army Africa Photo by Staff Sgt. Lance Pounds)

JA17, which took place March 20-24, is an annual multilateral exercise focused on bringing together personnel from the United States, partner nations and international organizations to promote interoperability through collaboration for peacekeeping operations in the East African region.

In addition to setting up for the weeklong exercise, Robinson searched for a local organization to which he could donate a suitcase full of new and gently used clothes, shoes and blankets that he and his family members had collected.

“I’m constantly donating to veterans organizations, orphanages and the homeless,” he said. “My parents taught me that God blesses those who bless others.”

Robinson contacted Dehab Negash, a local volunteer and the owner of a travel agency, who escorted him to a local United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund collection site. There, Robinson met local officials, who accepted his donation.

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