EU supports Horn of Africa region to the tune of €105m as pandemic worsens humanitarian situation

A child (R) carries a newborn while standing outside their family house after President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a National Disaster as a result of Covid-19 Coronavirus, Johannesburg, South Africa. EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK

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The EU is providing an additional €105.5 million to countries in the Horn of Africa as the coronavirus pandemic risks worsening the humanitarian situation across the region where many continue to suffer from armed conflict, displacement, and recurrent droughts and floods. Furthermore, a large-scale infestation of locusts threatens food security and livelihoods of many vulnerable people in the region.

Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič said: “The EU remains committed to help address humanitarian needs in countries in the Horn of Africa, all the more so in these challenging times. EU aid will support communities at risk of hunger and strengthen measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. A global pandemic requires a global response.”

Funding from this aid package will go to humanitarian projects in Djibouti (€500,000), Ethiopia (€42 million), Kenya (€15 million) and Somalia (€48 million). It will help support the health facilities in the provision of basic services, epidemics control and prepare them to face the coronavirus pandemic.

The projects will also provide food assistance to people in need, such as by supporting farmers to get seeds and fodder for their livestock; provide treatment for acute malnutrition, especially for young children and address the basic needs of refugees and internally displaced people, such as protection, shelter, food, access to health and nutrition care and clean water, and education for children.

The EU’s humanitarian aid forms part of the broader EU support in the region, which includes longer-term development cooperation.

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