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Dirk Niebel, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, today met with Kenya's President, Mwai Kibaki. During their talks, it emerged that the hunger crisis in Kenya and its neighbouring countries has been getting worse. Not only is Kenya trying to provide relief to its own people affected by the drought but is also having to cope with the steadily growing stream of refugees from Somalia.
2008 was a year of major humanitarian challenges. Natural disasters such as Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, the devastating earthquake in China, flooding in India and Brazil or the hurricanes in the Caribbean once again highlighted the dangers of the unbridled forces of nature. In the complex political crises in Africa, as well as in Afghanistan and Iraq, unresolved conflicts made it impossible to improve the precarious humanitarian situation of people living there.
Children in Djibouti's slums are especially prone to suffering. The Federal Foreign Office is providing roughly 54,000 euro to support a project led by the Johanniter Emergency Service (Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe), which aims to provide food to malnourished children.
For many children in Djibouti, hunger is more serious than just having an empty stomach - it is often a matter of life and death. Nearly every fifth child between the ages of one and four in Djibouti is malnourished.
While public attention is focused on major news events, silent disasters are taking place in Africa. Providing rapid assistance would save lives and be less expensive in the long run.
This is the conclusion arrived at by UNICEF in a report on the situation of children in crisis regions.
The Federal Foreign Office is stepping up its assistance for victims of the drought in East Africa. In cooperation with the German Embassy in Nairobi and German non-governmental organizations, five aid projects worth approx. 700,000 euro are now under way or in the pipeline. The money is being used to fund school meals for children at risk in northern Kenya, therapeutic and supplementary feeding programmes for particularly vulnerable groups, especially children, and for water and health care projects. Plans for projects in Ethiopia and Djibouti are currently being studied.
The Federal Foreign Office supported 307 projects for humanitarian aid, humanitarian mine clearance as well as disaster prevention all over the world in 2003 to the tune of EUR 71.5 million.