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EU increases humanitarian funding to help the victims of worsening crisis in Somalia

European Commission - IP/14/900   01/08/2014

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European Commission

Press release

Brussels, 1 August 2014

EU increases humanitarian funding to help the victims of worsening crisis in Somalia

The European Commission is giving an additional €10 million for Somalia in response to the increasing humanitarian needs there. This will help respond to the serious food and nutrition crisis that Somalis are currently facing, and 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 Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.

The new funding brings to €49 million the Commission’s 2014 humanitarian aid contribution for Somalia. It will target the people in greatest need and will be channelled through the European Commission's humanitarian partners, including UN agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations.

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.

There are over one million internally displaced Somalis who represent 75% of those in acute need of assistance.

Delivering aid in Somalia is extremely difficult. Humanitarian workers face security threats and restricted access people in need, making Somalia one of the world's more dangerous places for humanitarian operations.

For more information

The European Commission's humanitarian aid and civil protection:

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/en/where/sub-saharan-africa/somalia

Commissioner Georgieva's website:

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/georgieva/index_en.htm

Factsheet on EU humanitarian work in Somalia:

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/files/aid/countries/factsheets/somalia_en.pdf


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