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Humanitarian aid news in brief: Zambia, Burkina Faso, Vanuatu

Brussels, 11 February 2000 - The European Commission has made available funding for humanitarian aid in Zambia (Euro 1.5 million), Burkina Faso (Euro 200,000) and Vanuatu (Euro 150,000). The aid, channelled via the European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO) will fund projects which last for up to a year.

ZAMBIA: Emergency aid for Congolese refugees (Euro 1.5 m)

This funding will cover continued assistance for up to 25,000 Congolese refugees who have fled into northern Zambia to escape conflict. Zambia has provided facilities at Mwange camp. ECHO is supporting the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in a programme to provide food, basic healthcare, a water supply and sanitation facilities, a kit of essentials for new arrivals, and the construction of primary schools for 5,000 children. The project is to last a year.

BURKINA FASO: Assistance for refugees from Côte d'Ivoire (Euro 200,000)

About 20,000 refugees of Burkina Faso origin, long settled in Côte d'Ivoire, fled to Burkina Faso in November to escape conflict. This funding will provide food aid for them over the next two to three months. ECHO's partner is the World Food Programme.

VANUATU: Post-earthquake assistance for islands (Euro 150,000)

An earthquake last November devastated the islands' water management systems. Pentecost Island was worst hit. This funding will enable Médécins du Monde (France) to do essential water supply rehabilitation for 12,000 people over the next six months.