Imphal: Manipur’s famed climate environmental activist Licypriya Kangujam bought oxygen concentrators from her own savings to help with the country’s oxygen crisis, she said on Friday.
Kangujam, 9-year-old , in a tweet, said that ten oxygen concentrators will reach India in the next few days and that she has ordered a total of 100 concentrators from her savings. She also urged people to donate and save thousands of lives being lost due to shortage of oxygen, Indiatimes.com reported.
Popularly known as “Greta of India”, Kangujam is often seen protesting against air pollution, and the need to optimally utilise resources.
She took to her Twitter account and wrote, “10 pieces of 5L Oxygen Concentrator will reach India in the next few days which cost around Rs 50,000 per piece including shipping. Total 100 pieces ordered.” She further added that she’s trying her best to help the country by spending her own savings. She also raised more funds from the awards she received last year. “Let’s hope for the best,” she wished.
The minor activist also pleaded, “Just 100 Oxygen Concentrator is not enough. Please donate here to help me to buy more. India is dying.” She urged everyone to donate and save the people of India who are dying out of Oxygen.
Kangujam on Tuesday urged the Taiwan government to provide assistance in coping with India’s massive surge in coronavirus cases. She included a screenshot of an exchange in which she contacted Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu for assistance. In the screenshot, Wu could be seen stating, “God bless India and its magnificent people. We are working very hard to help.” Kangujam thanked him but then pointed out that, specifically, India needs oxygen concentrators.
Emphasizing the desperate state of the situation, Kangujam added, “I’m begging you. We’re dying!” Wu responded that his ministry is in discussions with “key decision-makers” and asked her to “pray for our progress and success.”
On Thursday morning (April 29), Taiwan announced the country would be sending 150 oxygen concentrators to India this weekend. Ou pledged that Taiwan will continue to send more relief in the coming weeks.