ADDIS ABEBA – The Government of Japan has provided a new emergency grant aid worth about 6.6 million US dollars (or approx. 265 million Birr) for people in need of food and other aid in Tigray region, its embassy in Addis Ababa said.
The fund will be extended to six United Nations agencies and Red Cross that will target “the most vulnerable people affected by the armed conflict in the Tigray region”, said the embassy
From the total amount, up to 1.6mln million US dollars will be given to World Food Program while International Organization for Migration receives 1.5mln US dollars.
Unicef, Unhcr and UN Ocha get 1.2 million, 1 million, and 0.6mln US dollar, respectively, while International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) collects more than half million dollars.
Apart from food, the agencies will avail health, emergency shelter and WaSH services to the affected people including internally displaced persons and refugees.
Their work includes repairing water supply system to provide safe water for 85,000 people, provision of relief items such as hygiene products to 200,000 people.
“Japan will continue working closely with the international community towards the improvement of the situation in the Tigray region,” the embassy said.