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NBA player donating $1 million in COVID-19 relief supplies to the Congo

Bismack Biyombo Hornets
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The continent of Africa has not yet been among the hardest hit of the COVID-19 pandemic. But as we have seen throughout the recent history of the world, it’s ill-equipped to handle a pandemic of this magnitude.

A native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo located in Central Africa, Charlotte Hornets big man Bismack Biyombo is doing something about that. According to TMZ Sports, the Lubumbashi native is donating $1 million in COVID-19 relief supplies to the war-torn nation.

“We have never experienced a crisis of this magnitude. Seeing my home country suffer in this capacity is devastating,” Biyombo said. “I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to figure out a way to help those suffering in the DRC. I am pleased to announce that The Bismack Biyombo Foundation delivered over 10,000 masks and 780 hazmat suits to the DRC this week.”

This is something else right here. Biyombo is not forgetting his roots after leaving his home nation as a teenager to train for bigger and better things in Spain.

The Congo itself was one of the nations impacted by the Ebola pandemic years back. It has also been in a perpetual state of civil war for decades now.

These supplies will go a long way in helping the nation overcome the growing COVID-19 pandemic.