The European Commission is giving an additional €20 million to help the victims of Pakistan's humanitarian crises: monsoon floods and recent military interventions. The funding will provide shelter, food, healthcare, clean water and sanitation.
"The 2010 and 2011 floods galvanised the international community but we must not forget that millions of people are still struggling to recover, especially in the province of Sindh. So we are extending a helping hand," said Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.
"We also need to react quickly to help more than forty thousand displaced families in Khyber, Pakhtunkhwa province – including a significant number of vulnerable families headed by women. Around 300,000 displaced people in the region need urgent assistance," Commissioner Georgieva added.
Natural disasters and conflicts produce overlapping humanitarian crises in Pakistan, which affect millions of people, pushing them into malnutrition, abject poverty and displacement. But access to the people who need help can be difficult. Humanitarian workers face violence, kidnapping and murder – just a few days ago, a Red Cross staffer was murdered after months in captivity.
Europe remains one of the most generous donors to the victims of Pakistan's crises: today's decision brings the Commission's 2012 humanitarian funding to Pakistan to €55 million. Overall, the European Union has allocated € 2,458 billion of aid for Pakistan between 2009 and 2013.