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European Union pledges a further 50 million euros for drought-affected East Africa

Tuesday, 13 August, 2019 - 15:10

The European Commission decided on Wednesday to mobilise an additional €50 million in emergency humanitarian aid for drought affected populations in the Horn of Africa.

Twenty-five million euros will be made available for Somalia, 20 million euros for Ethiopia, 3 million euros for Kenya and 2 million euros for Uganda, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Christos Stylianides said in a statement in Nairobi last week.

The money is intended for, among other things, food aid, water supply and the prevention of acute malnutrition in children under 5, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.

“The EU is stepping up its support for the people affected by a prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa,” Stylianides said. 

During my several visits to countries in the region, I have seen first hand how much climate extremes are affecting this part of Africa. Our funding will help extend humanitarian assistance in the affected areas, helping communities ward off the risk of famine,” the Commissioner added.

“As many in the region depend on livestock and subsistence agriculture, the prolonged drought has devastating consequences on food availability and livelihoods” in this part of Africa, said the European Commission in a statement.

A spell of drought, following two poor rain seasons in a row, has put almost 13 million people in need of emergency food assistance across the region. Over 4 million children are estimated to be acutely malnourished, in addition to around 3 million malnourished pregnant and breastfeeding women, according to the European Commission.

The aid package comes on top of the 110.5 million euros that the EU released in June. The total amount of aid for the region since last year is now 366.5 million euros.

 

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