The Navajo and Hopi solidarity fund in the US state of Arizona has thanked U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr for his donation of $100,000 to its fund to help indigenous people affected by Covid-19.

In a statement on its GoFundMe page, the group said the contribution will fund a week's worth of deliveries of food and water to about 1,000 Navajo and Hopi households with high risk, vulnerable or Covid-positive family members.

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Irish donors have been contributing to the fund in response to donations given by the Choctaw Nation to Irish people during The Famine in 1847.

"We feel real kinship with the Irish, who have a shared legacy of colonisation, and we are truly grateful for Mr Mullen's donation and all donations that have come from our Irish brethren," said Ethel Branch, Founder of the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund. "Go raibh maith agat and ahéhee' [Navajo word for 'thank you']!

"Someday we hope to repay you for these beautiful and meaningful acts of solidarity made during our time of great need."

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