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Coronavirus global response: EU provides humanitarian support in Horn of Africa region

The Commission 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 goes to humanitarian projects in Djibouti (€500,000), Ethiopia (€42 million), Kenya (€15 million) and Somalia (€48 million).

It will help support health facilities in the provision of basic services, epidemics control and prepare them to face the coronavirus pandemic; provide food assistance to people in need, address the basic needs of refugees and internally displaced people.

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