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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

EU: Record billion euros budgeted for humanitarian aid

The European Commission says it's adopted its highest ever humanitarian aid budget to date, totalling 1.1 billion euros ($1.25 billion) for 2016. Conflict and the related refugee crises have prompted the increase. Announcing a 20-percent hike in the bloc's aid budget on Friday, the European Commission said around 40 percent of its 1.1 billion euros in proposed funding - or 445 million euros - will go to the victims of the Syrian crisis. "The tragic images of children from Aleppo sadly show all too clearly the real human suffering of millions of people around the world caught up in humanitarian crises," a joint statement from EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and EU aid commissioner Christos Stylianides said. The pair said the EU had helped more than 134 million victims of natural and man-made disasters across more than 80 countries in 2015. "From the victims of the conflicts in Syria and South Sudan, to strengthening our support for education in emergencies, or helping those affected by the 'El Niño' extreme weather phenomenon, our help has supported the most vulnerable," they said.

Source: dw.com