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Germany commits 750,000 euros to help refugees in Ethiopia

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Germany commits 750,000 euros to help refugees in Ethiopia

Germany has contributed 750,000 euros to provide ongoing humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of refugees in Ethiopia, mostly from South Sudan.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the German embassy said that the donation would go directly to support relief operations by the World Food Program (WFP), which had been facing a funds shortage.

Humanitarian provisions at camps in Ethiopia’s Gambella region, where large numbers of South Sudanese refugees are currently sheltered, remains poor, with the response from the international donors lagging far behind actual needs.

The embassy said the funds will help ease food insecurity and reduce malnutrition rates, particularly among South Sudanese refugees, who continue to arrive in Ethiopia in large numbers already hungry, severely malnourished and in overall poor health.

According to the embassy, diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Germany date back 50 years, with a strong partnership existing between both countries in both development cooperation and humanitarian operations.

The funds will also ease the burden on relief organisations who are struggling to cope with the ever growing numbers of refugees arriving from neighbouring countries.

On average 1,000 South Sudanese refugees cross into Ethiopia each day, fleeing violence and food shortages.

Source: sudantribune.com