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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Germany & US Pledge Support Ethiopia

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Thursday received confirmation of a contribution of over 4.3 million USD from Germany towards the food needs of refugees sheltered in Ethiopia. In a press realese sent The Ethiopian Herald , the WFP said the new funding will help the program to provide monthly food rations and cash-based transfers for over 600,000 refugees from Eritrea, South Sudan and Somalia for the rest of 2016 and for the next two years. German Ambassador to Ethiopia Joachim Schmidt said " For Germany, refugee issues have a high political priority. We are happy to provide this contribution in order to improve the living conditions of refugees in Ethiopia." "This is part of Germany's continued commitment to support Ethiopia in its position as the largest host of refugees on the African continent." the realese quoted as the ambassador saying. Refugees in Ethiopia have few opportunities to provide for themselves, as they are living in camps with limited livelihood opportunities. WFP will begin using half of the German contribution this year towards immediate needs, and the rest will help meet refugees' food needs, it said.

Source: allafrica.com