ADDIS ABEBA – The European Union has announced a new aid package worth €110.5 million for four east African nations that continues to be afflicted by severe and prolonged humanitarian crises.
An estimated 11 million people in the region are in need of food assistance as a direct consequence of extreme weather events or displacement in the sub-region, according to the EU.
A top EU official said the Union is committed to assist people in need in the Horn of Africa while announcing the new support.
“I have visited the region several times and EU partners are making a real difference in helping those most in need,” said Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management at the EU.
He said, “Our new funding will support those that have fled their homes, fragile host communities, and those suffering from natural disasters, especially drought.”
The commissioner said it is essential that across the region humanitarian organizations have full access to those in need.
The EU funding is allocated across five East African countries: Somalia (€36.5 million), Ethiopia (€31 million), Uganda (€28.5 million), Kenya (€13.5 million) and Djibouti (€1 million).
EU-funded humanitarian efforts in the Horn of Africa support the most vulnerable people, including refugees, internally displaced people, and host communities.
Since 2018, the EU has provided humanitarian assistance in the Horn of Africa totaling €316.5 million.