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23 Oct 2009 description

On 24 October development minister Bert Koenders will travel to Ethiopia's Somali region, which has been hit hard by drought. The Ethiopian government today announced that 6.2 million people are now at risk of famine.

Large parts of Ethiopia have been hit by severe drought. The harvest has failed and livestock are dying due to the shortage of food and water.

On Sunday Mr Koenders will meet with members of the Ethiopian government and aid organisations in the Somali region to discuss the growing emergency. The Minister will also visit a World Food Programme distribution centre.

17 Sep 2009 description

How can you halve the development cooperation budget when drought and climate change are making food shortages increase?' This was the response of Bert Koenders, Minister for Development Cooperation, to the news that the World Food Programme needs another 5 billion dollars to save the lives of millions of people in the Horn of Africa.

Mr Koenders called the attitude of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and the Freedom Party (PVV), which want to make drastic cuts in the development assistance budget, 'uncaring and short-sighted.

22 Sep 2008 description

The Dutch government is providing an extra €10 million in emergency aid for drought victims in the Horn of Africa. The decision was announced in a programme on Radio 1 last Saturday by Bert Koenders, Minister for Development Corporation.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said on 19 September that the situation in the Horn of Africa had reached alarming proportions. The humanitarian crisis there is giving serious cause for concern, due to a combination of drought and rising food prices and also, in some areas, conflict situations.

30 Oct 2003 description

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - The Government of the Netherlands today donated ETB 8.61 million (US$ 1 million) to UNICEF for malaria prevention activities in Ethiopia.

The donation comes in the wake of a special alert issued by the UN country team in Ethiopia indicating that an estimated 15 million Ethiopians are threatened by the deadly disease over the next few months. US$ 5.8 million are urgently required to attempt to avert a major malaria epidemic.

"We are pleased to make this contribution to UNICEF to help avert a major malaria epidemic," said H.E. Mr.