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During a humanitarian crisis, the refugees and internally displaced persons are among the most vulnerable © EU

Commissioner Georgieva highlights the importance of the UN Refugee Convention on its 60th anniversary

28/07/2011 - Commissioner Georgieva has recorded a statement to mark the UN Refugee Convention's 60th anniversary today. (...)

Commissioner Georgieva holding hands with a child in the Dadaab refugee camp © EU

Commissioner Georgieva announces new aid during visit to the Horn of Africa

25/07/2011 - Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is in the Horn of Africa for a six-day mission, responding to the drought and famine that have engulfed parts of the region. (...)

More than half the population now require urgent assistance © EU

The United Nations announced that there is famine in parts of southern Somalia

20/07/2011 - Famine is declared when (in addition to other indicators), more than 30% of children are suffering from acute malnutrition and when thousands are at risk of dying. It is very likely that tens of thousands of Somalis have died over recent months, the majority of them children. (...)

The Commissioner with Branko Chorbadjiiski, Alexander Dimitrov and Veselin Manolov, who spent 145 days in captivity in Darfur © EU

Commissioner Georgieva discusses humanitarian service challenges with Bulgarian WFP pilots, released after months in captivity in Darfur

19/07/2011 - Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva was happy to meet Branko Chorbadjiiski, Alexander Dimitrov and Veselin Manolov – the three Bulgarian pilots who spent 145 days in captivity in Darfur, where they were on a humanitarian mission for the World Food Programme (WFP). (...)

A destroyed Vasiliko Power Station in Mari, Cyprus, on 12 July 2011, one day after the huge explosion © EPA/KATIA CHRISTODOULOU

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism to help Cyprus cope with blast damage

14/07/2011 - Cyprus has requested assistance through the European Civil Protection Mechanism after the devastating explosion at a naval base near Larnaca. (...)

Ali Hafow walks with three of his children towards a crowd at a registration and food distribution point in the Dadaab refugee camp in north-eastern Kenya © AFP PHOTO/Roberto SCHMIDT

New emergency funding to reach Horn of Africa refugees

06/07/2011 - The European Commission is to immediately send €5 million in aid to the world's largest refugee centre Dadaab, increasing this year's contribution to alleviating the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa to nearly €70 million. (...)

Children are the first victims of acute malnutrition in North Korea © EU

The European Commission will give emergency food aid to North Korea

04/07/2011 - The European Commission will provide emergency food aid to more than half a million people at risk of dying from serious malnutrition in North Korea, amid growing fears of a worsening hunger crisis. The terms for delivering the food assistance are unprecedented, (...)