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Minister O’Sullivan announces €1 million funding for emergency food relief in the Horn of Africa

Emergencies, News/feature, Horn of Africa, Somalia, 2011

Minister of State for Trade and Development Jan O’Sullivan today announced an additional €1 million in funding for emergency food relief and assistance to refugees in the Horn of Africa.

The latest funding brings to €5.6 million the total Irish Government support since the start of 2011 for victims of the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa.

The emergency funding will provide vital food supplies to young children and pregnant and breast-feeding women, in addition to supporting shelter, basic healthcare and clean water for Somali refugees fleeing to Kenya to escape drought and conflict in their own country.

Minister O’Sullivan, who is today attending a meeting of EU Development Ministers in Poland, urged the international community to work together more closely to secure the future for millions of people.

“I raised the Horn of Africa crisis with my EU counterparts today to press for stronger international cooperation to tackle this critical humanitarian emergency.  Up to 12 million people urgently need food, clean water and shelter.  More than half of the children arriving at refugee centres are seriously malnourished. We must act urgently to prevent greater loss of life,” Minister O’Sullivan said.

Of the €1 million announced today: 

 

“Ireland has been closely monitoring the deteriorating situation in Horn of Africa since last autumn. Today’s announcement brings to €5.6 million the Government’s funding to Concern, Trócaire, Goal and World Vision for emergency food, water, sanitation and healthcare, and to the United Nations agencies in the region so far this year”.

“Only by working together in a strategic and effective manner will the international community, aid agencies and the Governments of the region be able to respond fully to this devastating crisis. Ireland is in daily contact with our partners in the region and internationally. ”” Minister O’Sullivan said.

15 July 2011

Notes to the editor

For further information or to request an interview with Minister O’Sullivan, please contact Fionnuala Quinlan, Press Officer, Irish Aid, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 087-9099975.