The European Union and its Member States are the world's leading donor of humanitarian aid.
Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity towards people in need all around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.
The European Commission ensures rapid and effective delivery of EU relief assistance through its two main instruments: civil protection and humanitarian aid.
The Commission, through its Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Operations (ECHO), helps over 120 million victims of conflict and disasters every year.
With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, the Commission provides assistance to the most vulnerable people solely on the basis of humanitarian needs.
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On 18 May, about forty people carried out an attack on the village of Hagaye located 25 km from Inatès, Tillabery region (bordering Mali). According to local sources, the death toll is reportedly 17 people, and 12 houses have been burned.
Since January 2018, more than 11 000 people have been displaced in the Tillabery region due to the spillover of conflict in Mali. DG ECHO contributes to providing humanitarian assistance to newly displaced through a Rapid Response Mechanism. However, humanitarian access is constrained by persistent insecurity.
The Ituango Dam, started in 2011, is an earth-core rock-filled dam currently under construction on the Cauca River in the Antioquia Department of Colombia. It is the largest hydroelectric project in Colombia with eight turbines (up to 2 400 megawatts). The project is planned to be finalized in December 2018. Heavy rains increased water level in Cauca River which feeds the Ituango Dam.
An Ebola outbreak was officially declared on 8 May 2018, affecting the western province of Equateur. As of 18 May 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has reported 42 cases. Of these, 17 cases have been positively confirmed as Ebola by laboratory testing.
The European Union, together with its Member States, provided close to €2 billion in financial aid to help West Africa contain and recover from the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) that devastated the region in 2014-15. The following year, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end of transmission in West Africa.