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Three months of famine: the Commission increases aid to Horn of Africa

Children playing in a flooded street in Mogadishu © Belga/Xinhua/Faisal Isse
20/10/2011  - 

The European Commission is mobilising an additional €24 million to assist vulnerable people threatened by famine and the effects of drought in the Horn of Africa.

The extra funding is announced on the three-month anniversary of the United Nations' official declaration of famine in parts of Somalia. This funding will provide food, water and treatment for malnourished children, as well as increase protection and security for refugees and humanitarian aid workers at Dadaab camps in Kenya.

Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is today renewing her appeal for the world to continue showing solidarity and generosity towards this vulnerable population.

"Millions of people in the Horn of Africa need our daily help to stay alive," said Commissioner Georgieva. "Children are at highest risk, and are particularly vulnerable to the horrible by-product of much expected rains – poor sanitation risks leading to an outbreak or spread of diseases like cholera and malaria. The most dramatic needs remain inside Somalia, where we provide life-saving support to over 1.7 million people, often under extremely difficult conditions. We are all very concerned about the highly insecure environment for humanitarian workers who do their best to save and protect lives. This is why I will continue to advocate for greater security for aid workers and will make additional funds available for protecting both the victims of the famine and the humanitarian workers striving to save their lives."

The European Union is the largest humanitarian donor to the Horn of Africa, having provided over €700 million in assistance since the beginning of the year, of which €184 million comes from the European Commission.

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