123.5 mn euro to prevent crisis in Sahel
Wednesday 08 February 2012
After announcing, in late January, that it was going to double humanitarian aid for the Sahel region, the European Commission has ultimately decided to increase this sum yet again – to €123.5 million. These funds will help curb famine in the region, which risks affecting up to 12 million people. The Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Kristalina Georgieva, is calling on the global community to mobilise itself: “all the early warning signs are flashing red; malnutrition rates are steadily rising, the price of food is increasing, the displacement of large numbers of people and their livestock has started. The EU has taken immediate action and I urge others to do the same”. The Commission estimates that €700 million is required to cover the next six months to help the five Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) that have already declared an emergency.