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ASMARA, 28 November 2003 - The United Nations and the Government of Eritrea today launched the 2004 Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeal for Eritrea. The Minister of Labour and Human Welfare and Chairperson of the National Drought Coordinating Committee, Ms. Askalu Menkarios officiated at the launch.
An estimated 1.7 million people are unlikely to be able to feed themselves in Eritrea in 2004, and will face a humanitarian catastrophe unless they receive assistance.
A similar number have been affected by water shortages. Eritrea has suffered four years of drought. Rains in 2003 were below average and erratic, resulting in crop failure and loss of livestock.
In 2003, Eritrea will have produced about 20 per cent of its annual food needs, and the Government lacks economic means to fill the gap.
Economic and Social Council
3 June 2003
Strengthening the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations
The Federation's mission is to improve
the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It
is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers
are active in 178 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org
Appeal No. 01.09/2002;
Appeal target: CHF 182,727;
The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in 178 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org
Launched on 3 December, 2002 for CHF 7,865,000 (USD 5,282,274 or EUR 5,322,949) to assist 41,500 beneficiaries for nine months.
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) allocated: CHF 15,000
"At a glance"
With school attendance rates dropping, HIV/AIDS spreading and favorable weather conditions continuing to elude many areas, people are asking: How can we help the people of Africa? What can we do to turn the tide and avert a full-blown famine?