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Tuesday, 08 September 2009

EC humanitarian aid for drought response in Africa

The European Commission has earmarked a further €53.475 million, through a series of financing decisions, for expanded humanitarian aid to vulnerable people in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Chad, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali and Mauritania. The funds are channelled through the Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) under the responsibility of Karel De Gucht, Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid. Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid said: "The humanitarian consequences of climate change are felt very hard in many countries of sub-Saharan-Africa. An enormous area stretching from the Sahel to the Horn of Africa has been affected by extreme weather hazards in recent months and indeed years. Lasting severe drought with in some cases brutal flooding have had devastating effect on harvests and livestock, and increased the vulnerability of millions of people. In those regions climatic hazards exacerbate further dramatic situations caused by conflicts, poor governance and widespread poverty”. He added: “ Such humanitarian crises which require immediate relief are a stark reminder of the crucial importance of getting an agreement in Copenhagen in order to address the root causes of climate change. Lives are at stake. “

Source: European Commission