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EU increases aid for victims of worsening crisis in Somalia

EU increases aid for victims of worsening crisis in Somalia
01/08/2014  - 

The European Commission is giving an additional €10 million for Somalia to respond to the serious food and nutrition crisis that Somalis are currently facing. The funding will provide basic healthcare and nutrition services, access to food, water, sanitation, as well as shelter and household items for the most vulnerable people.

"Another severe drought is ravaging Somalia, compounding the effects of conflict and extreme poverty. More and more families are going without food, more people are fleeing their homes due to the conflict, and humanitarian workers continue to struggle to access those who need their help. The country's long-suffering people need a boost of international humanitarian assistance to avoid slipping into a famine as catastrophic as that of 2011. Europe is acting now, and I call on other donors to join us before it is too late," said Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.

The new funding brings to €49 million the Commission’s 2014 humanitarian aid for Somalia. It will target the people in greatest need and will be channelled through the European Commission's humanitarian partners.