US ambassador George Glass has announced that his country is stepping in financially to help Portugal’s fire disaster victims.
The US office of foreign disaster assistance (OFDA) will be “supporting” the work of the Portuguese Red Cross and Cáritas (Roman Catholic social help) association with a total of 50,000 US dollars (over €42,300).
Said Glass: “I know that money alone will not replace all that was lost. I reiterate my deepest condolences to the victims, their families, and the affected communities. I continue to stand in solidarity with Portugal in the wake of this tragedy, and will continue to look for ways the United States can assist”.
When the killer fires raged earlier this month, the ambassador released a statement in which he said: “The United States reaffirms its unwavering support for Portugal and its people during these difficult days, adding that “the courage and dedication of firefighters, first responders, and all others who are committed to saving lives and protecting property is inspiring”.
Glass is known to be a huge aficionado of Portugal and the Portuguese way of life, having visited on numerous occasions before taking up his official role (click here).