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Horn of Africa: EU leading the way among donors

 Horn of Africa - a visual overview of the crisis
17/08/2011  - 

The European Union's contribution towards emergency relief for the famine and drought in the Horn of Africa is now well in excess of half a billion euros, according to the latest figures.

The funds will provide immediate food and nutritional help for those in greatest need, as well as clean drinking water, sanitation, shelter and health protection.

More than 12 million people are in urgent need of help in the Horn of Africa because of the regional effects of the worst drought in more than 60 years and the impact of regional crises – including civil war.

The European Commission has committed €160 million while the combined donations of EU member states bring the current total raised to around €560 million.

The real figure is likely to be even higher, with European taxpayers digging deep into their pockets to donate money above and beyond what their governments are already giving. It means that the EU is among the leading aid donors to the Horn of Africa.

This gesture of solidarity and generosity shows how we can really make a difference to the embattled people of the Horn of Africa by uniting our forces and working hand in hand.