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Somalia: EU increases humanitarian aid to victims of the worsening crisis

© Agata Grzybowska
01/08/2014

The EU has released an additional €10 million for Somalia in response to the increasing humanitarian needs in the country. This brings EU humanitarian aid contribution for Somalia to €49 million in 2014.

This funding will contribute to preventing a further deterioration of the serious food and nutrition crisis that Somalis are currently facing, and will be used to provide basic healthcare and nutrition services, access to food, water and 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 Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.

 

BACKGROUND

Three years after a famine ravaged parts of Somalia, the country is threatened by another hunger crisis. Food security has deteriorated sharply especially in south-central Somalia as a result of poor rains, restricted access and conflict disrupting economic and agricultural activities. Drought has been declared in six regions of South-Central Somalia in July this year.

Over 2.9 million people are in need of assistance, out of whom 857 000 are in a crisis situation. Over 200 000 children under the age of five are acutely malnourished and around 50 000 are at risk of dying without treatment.