Juba - The European Union
said it’s giving an extra €165m to battle
humanitarian crises in East Africa, including a famine in
South Sudan and drought in
From the total, €100m will be allocated to help responses
to the crisis in South Sudan and an influx of its refugees to
neighboring countries, the EU said on Monday in an emailed statement.
Humanitarian assistance for droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya will
be targeted with €65m.
The new funds will “scale up and strengthen” the more than €400m that the EU allocated last year to address the crises and
the impact of the El Nino weather phenomenon on the region, the EU said.
The world’s first
declaration of famine since 2011 was made last month in parts of South
Sudan, where a civil war has raged for three years. Somalia, itself
roiled by decades of conflict, is facing mass hunger due to drought that
was declared a national disaster on February 28.
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