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Government announces €6.5 million emergency assistance funding

Budget/funding, Emergencies, News/feature, Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, 2014

 

Government announces funding for emergency assistance in the world’s poorest countries

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore, T.D., and Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello, T.D., today announced €6.5 million in funding to support the United Nations’ life-saving work in Sudan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia. 

Each of these countries is suffering a serious humanitarian emergency, affecting millions of people.  

Of the €6.5 million:  

The funding will be channeled through UN-managed funds in each country to provide life-saving assistance to those most affected by war and conflict. It is drawn from Irish Aid's 2014 budget for emergency assistance.

The Tánaiste said: 

"This funding will help to provide clean water, food and shelter to some of the millions of people who are in desperate need. Because of the sheer scale of the humanitarian emergencies they are suffering, all four countries are a priority for Ireland.

In South Sudan, the world's newest state, one out of every seven children dies before the age of five, and there has been increased suffering and uncertainty as a result of the violence of recent months.  In Somalia, two years after the famine which killed tens of thousands, it is now feared that more than two million people may not have enough food to survive this year. Tackling hunger and malnutrition is a priority for Ireland’s aid programme."

Minister Costello said: 

"Ireland will work to ensure that the international community does not forget the world’s poorest people who are suffering the effects of poverty, conflict and neglect in these countries.

Through The UN's Common Humanitarian Fund, Ireland can meet urgent needs in countries where we do not have a presence on the ground and where few agencies are working. Our support is timely and targeted support at those who need it most."

 

 ENDS

 

 Press Office

 02 March 2014 

 

 

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