Swiss release more funds for Africa food crisis

Switzerland has released an additional SFr4.5 million ($5.6 million) in aid funds to support humanitarian efforts in the Horn of Africa.

This content was published on July 18, 2011 - 17:06
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The money will be used to assist refugees in Ethiopia and Kenya and the most vulnerable populations in Somalia, the foreign ministry said in statement on Monday.

Countries in the Horn of Africa are suffering from a severe food crisis which is currently impacting some 11 million people – a number which is expected to rise, with children most at risk from the crisis, the ministry said.

Switzerland has contributed SFr14 million in assistance to the Horn of Africa since the beginning of the year. The country’s aid efforts are concentrated in regions most affected by drought and assisting refugees and displaced persons, the ministry said.

UN agencies and NGOs are working to ensure the supply of food and drinking water to refugees and displaced persons, the ministry said.

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