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Thursday, 14 February 2013

UK: €5,8 m support package for Mali

A £5m (€5,8 m) package of support for the victims of the conflict in Mali will be allocated by the UK, UK development Secretary announced.
The emergency package will include support for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who are operating in the conflict-affected north of the country as well as south and central regions, to help protect and care for women and children caught up in the violence, as well or the World Food Programme (WFP) to help feed over 100,000 Malians facing food shortages across Mali including in those areas recently affected by conflict.
Several major aid agencies withdrew from the rebel-held north to southern Mali during January. However, following action by French and Malian forces, some agencies have now returned to central Mali, with the hope that full access to the north will gradually be restored over the coming weeks.
This package takes the total UK support for conflict-affected Malians in 2013 to £13 million. Earlier this months, the EU announced the mobilisation of €20 million for Mali, as well as the releasing of the  €250 million aid which was frozen last year.
UK is the second largest European donor, ranked by total contribution in 2011.

Source: UK Department for international Development DFID