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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The 15 000 people who had been in no-man's land for four days were allowed to enter Bangladesh. As observed by the DG ECHO team, new arrivals continue. Many are ignoring the transit camp and proceeding directly to the Kutupalong Expansion Camp.
On 18 October, the Tripartite Committee met to discuss the delivery of humanitarian assistance to some 50 000 individuals stranded at the border with Jordan with very little assistance in the past months.
On 18 October, violent clashes between armed groups and self-defence groups broke out in the village of Pombolo, between Alindao and Bangassou (Basse-Kotto prefecture in the southeast of the country). According to reports, fighting left over 100 people dead, including many civilians, and 50 injured. The area between Alindao and Bangassou has been the theatre of violent attacks over the last few months, causing many casualties, especially among the Peuhl population, and significant new displacement.
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La Direction Générale de la Protection civile et des Opérations d’Aide humanitaire européennes (DG ECHO) de la Commission européenne finance des actions humanitaires pour venir en aide aux victimes de catastrophes naturelles et de conflits en dehors de l’Union européenne.