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East Africa has been hit by the worst drought it has seen for fifty years. Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller has pledged an additional 100 million euros for those facing hunger. At a conference on Wednesday, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel urged the international community to make available more money.
Following a phone call with UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement today (12 March):
Press release of 29.03.2016 |
Nairobi – One week before Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta visits Germany, Minister Gerd Müller has arrived in East Africa for a five-day visit. The German delegation will start off by visiting the world’s biggest refugee camp. There are about 350,000 people living in Dadaab, most of whom are from Somalia. The camp has been in existence for almost 25 years and its residents are mainly looked after by UNHCR, with help too from Germany.
Humanitarian need remains very high in many humanitarian crisis situations in Africa. Germany has therefore made an additional 8.2 million euros available for humanitarian relief projects run by UN organisations and NGOs in Africa.
Markus Löning, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, issued the following statement on the move:
BERLIN – The humanitarian situation in the Sahel and in the Horn of Africa remains tense in many places. In view of the current situation in the Sahel region and around Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, German Development Minister Dirk Niebel made the following statement:
On 15th October 2011, Télécoms Sans Frontières, in collabo- Objectives ration with Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Germany, launched the RAPID M-PESA pilot project, financed by GIZ, whose objec- tive is to improve food security of vulnerable households in pastoral areas of Kenya, and reduce the effects of famine on their living conditions.
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.
The German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development will be making available another 15 million euros to help the people affected by the drought in the Horn of Africa.
The persistent drought in the Horn of Africa has exacerbated the existing humanitarian emergency in the region.
In Somalia in particular, people are suffering under the drought and under the consequences of decades of conflict. But the disastrous drought is also taking its toll on Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. The cause is lack of rain, but also structural development deficits. Disasters of this dimension can be prevented by targeted efforts to strengthen agricultural sectors.
More than 20 million people in the Horn of Africa are threatened with drought and famine. The Federal Foreign Office is making 4 million euro available to alleviate their suffering.
The crisis has arisen because the annual rains have so far failed in the region. The consequences of this are low harvest yields and even drought.
The German Development Ministry will make available another two million euros to the United Nations World Food Programme for food aid to fight the famine in Kenya and Ethiopia. This was decided by German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul in view of the drastic situation in the Horn of Africa in response to the World Food Programmes warnings that a severe famine might be looming.
It is especially southern and eastern Ethiopia that is affected. Children in particular are suffering from hunger and severe deprivation.
Several hundred people have died in violent clashes in Kenya following the announcement last Sunday (30 December 2007) of the results of the presidential election. In some areas an estimated 100,000 people have been forced to flee their homes and houses and shops have been plundered and destroyed. The worst hit areas are the capital Nairobi and the country's western provinces.
The Federal Foreign Office responded today (4 January) by donating 300,000 euro in emergency aid.
In response to the critical plight of people in the refugee camps in and around Somalia, the Federal Foreign Office has increased its humanitarian aid for Somali refugees and internally displaced persons by nearly 1 million euro.
The Federal Foreign Office is stepping up its humanitarian aid for people in Africa, donating over 600,000 euro for relief projects for flood victims in Kenya.
A total of 297,000 euro will go to the German Red Cross to provide emergency medical care for flood victims in various parts of Kenya. The Federal Foreign Office is also making 206,000 euro available for German Agro Action's relief work in the coastal district of Kwale.
The Federal Foreign Office is continuing to provide humanitarian assistance for needy people in Africa, making available a further 1.2 million euro for aid projects in Somalia and for Somali refugees in Kenya.
500,000 euro of this total is to go to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to fund relief measures for Somali refugees in the Dadaab refugee camp in north-east Kenya. A further 200,000 euro is earmarked for the non-governmental organization CARE for another aid project in the Dadaab camp.
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.
On 2 January 2006 the Federal Foreign Office allocated 50,000 euro to the German Embassy in Nairobi to help fund a school meals project in areas of Kenya worst affected by the current drought.
Some 150,000 euro have been made available to the German Red Cross for the purchase, transportation and distribution of therapeutic supplementary food and drinking water for particularly vulnerable groups.
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.