On Friday 23rd December, , the campaign to distribute toys, sponsored by the Vice-President of the Republic, Charged with Defence and National Security, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, began in the Plaza of Malabo Cathedral.
The children of Malabo gathered in the Cathedral Plaza to receive their Christmas presents, consisting of toys, biscuits and sweets. The Vice-President gave out the gifts in person.
The little ones thanked Nguema Obiang Mangue by organising a welcoming committee with a congratulatory message about his actions towards them:
Dear Father Christmas of our dear Equatorial Guinea, we hope that you continue to pursue this humanitarian task for us, the children, who are also the hope for this beloved country of ours. At the same time, we pray to Almighty God to fill you with compassion, in order to continue to favour the most vulnerable layers in our society. Likewise recalling the Biblical passage, from the book of Matthew, chapter 10, verses 1 to 12, which says: let the children come to me, because they are the future heirs to my kingdom. Furthermore, we want to ask our beloved Father Christmas, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, to continue with his work of good faith for the benefit and favouring us, the children, who are the hope for the future of this beloved country of ours. In the sure knowledge that a city built on a hill cannot be hidden,Your Excellency is the light that illuminates the hill, which in turn illuminates the entire beloved people of Equatorial Guinea”.
Moments before the handing out of presents, Teodoro Nguema Obiang met the Archbishop of Malabo, Juan Nsue Edjang. Over Christmas, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue carries out this gesture towards the children, including those who are in hospital. After completing the distribution, the Vice.President also went to hospitals in Malabo, to continue handing out gifts.
The National Coordinator of ASHO, Francisco Senoko Batapa, described the deed as a humanitarian gesture by the Vice-President of the Republic, Teodoro Nguema Obiang, towards the children of Equatorial Guinea. On 24th December, it is the turn of the children in the city of Bata.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea