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18 Apr 2000 description

The German Government is continuing its emergency relief efforts for the famine-threatened population in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Eritrea in cooperation with German relief agencies. A further DM 2.5 million has been added to the DM 22.5 million in emergency relief funding that had already been approved, bringing the overall volume of German relief currently being provided to DM 25 million. Of this amount, DM 20 million is being used to provide food and DM 2.5 million for drinking water, supplementary nutrients, and medical supplies.

13 Apr 2000 description

The German government and the German public view with utmost concern the tragedy that is unfolding in the Horn of Africa. Germany joined in the international efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to those threatened by the famine as soon as the gravity of the situation became apparent.

The drought disaster is compounded, however, by long-standing armed conflicts in the region.

10 Apr 2000 description

First Installment of DM 3.0 million Committed to WHO

The ongoing drought in East Africa, particularly in Ethiopia and Eritrea, threatens the survival of more than 16 million people, according to the United Nations. The German government and public are greatly concerned by the escalating disaster in the Horn of Africa.

Germany has responded to this emergency and has allocated DM 3 million (US $ 1.5 million) to the relief efforts of the World Food Programme. This contribution is earmarked for the acquisition of food and measures to improve the rapid distribution in affected areas.