The European Commission is increasing its humanitarian aid funding to Mali by €22 million to assist more victims of the conflict with food aid and access to basic services. This brings the total to €115 million in emergency assistance since the start of the crisis in 2012. The decision comes as Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva discusses the Mali crisis with Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly in France.
"Our top priority in Mali is to stabilise the very fragile food security situation which has been aggravated by the impact of the violence," Commissioner Georgieva said. "We mustn't forget that apart from the 167,000 Malians who have taken refuge in neighbouring countries and 227,000 more who have fled the fighting in the North there are a million people affected by the crisis still in the North in urgent need of food assistance".
In 2013 alone, the European Commission has mobilised €42 million in humanitarian aid for Mali. Commissioner Georgieva has visited Mali twice in the last two months to assess the growing humanitarian needs. Yesterday she met with Diango Cissoko, the Malian Prime Minister, to take stock of the situation.
The Commissioner added: "The Sahel region of Africa as a whole has been hit by massive food crises in recent years caused by recurrent droughts. This is why we are already working to prevent the next crisis and why, with my colleague the Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, we have launched an international alliance to build resilience in the Sahel".
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