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ECHO flight boarding to Kinshasa
As a first measure of support, the European Commission is transporting aid workers and critical medical material to the affected area the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which is facing an outbreak of Ebola. A plane of the Commission's...
Cash assistance through the ESSN debit card is helping refugee families in Turkey give their children the stability they need at home.
The number of refugees in Turkey receiving monthly cash assistance through an innovative relief programme has now reached 500 000 and continues to rise. The Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) programme is a partnership between EU Humanitarian Aid,...
Health workers in West Africa at the height of the Ebola crisis in 2013. On 15 May 2017, an Ebola outbreak was officially declared in DRC with two confirmed deaths. ©EC/ECHO/Jean-Louis Mosser
On 12 May 2007, the first case of Ebola was confirmed in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). On 15 May, there were 20 suspected cases reported with two confirmed by laboratory tests. To date, there have been three deaths, of which two are confirmed...
Commissioner Stylianides in Myanmar.
Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides has concluded his official visit to Myanmar/Burma where he announced new funding of €12 million for the country as part of an overall €27 million aid package for the South...
Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides will also visit starts his official visit to Myanmar/Burma from 12-14 May to meet with government officials and assess the humanitarian situation on the ground.
Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides is in Myanmar/Burma from 12-14 May for an official visit. He will meet with government officials and assess the humanitarian situation on the ground.Arriving in the...
It is estimated that one million children in Somalia are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition in 2017. Photo: EU/ECHO/Anouk Delafortrie
Today, the United Kingdom hosts a major international conference on Somalia in London. The aim is to agree on a new partnership between Somalia and the international community to keep the country on course for peace and economic growth by 2020....
A Darfurian refugee in Chad. Photo: UNHCR
Today, the European Commission, in partnership with the Maltese Presidency and UNICEF, organised an event to draw attention to crises that receive limited international attention in spite of growing needs. These are the so-called "forgotten crises...
‘Mikri Poli’, the new community center almost ready to open its gates. Copyright ©Terre des hommes/Vasilis Vavvas.
Mikri Poli, a new community centre for refugees and migrants opens its doors today in Ioannina. The space, located in the village of Platanos, will offer a range of free educational, cultural and recreational activities for adults and children from...
In one of the general food distribution centres in Sana’a, displaced Yemenis look for their names on the food assistance list before taking their food baskets.
The European Commission announced today at the United Nations in Geneva its intention to release further support of €116 million for those in need in Yemen. The support includes €46 million of emergency humanitarian aid and €70 million to support...
Children attend school in South Kivu
The European Commission has announced humanitarian assistance of €47 million to help people in need in the Great Lakes and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean regions, who continue to face the consequences of years of conflict and displacement, as...