Today, the European Commission has announced €29 million in humanitarian support for the most vulnerable populations in Somalia for 2016. The new funding comes as nearly five million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and over one million people remain displaced inside the country.
Announcing the funds in the Somalian capital Mogadishu during a visit to the country, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides said:
"The EU will continue to ensure that humanitarian aid reaches the most vulnerable populations in Somalia. Despite the challenging security conditions for humanitarian workers to deliver aid, we cannot overlook long lasting and complex crises like that of Somalia. Today I have met with key humanitarian partners, beneficiaries and authorities. Our humanitarian aid remains most needed, yet a conducive political environment is the only solution that can end the humanitarian crisis."
The funding will help provide support in the areas of food, health services, water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter, protection and education in emergencies.