Eritrea: Food aid from the European Commission arriving in Massawa
DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO ERITREA
In the port of Massawa the vessel "Atlantis Pride" is since May 3 unloading 23,750 MT of food aid provided for Eritrea by the European Commission (EC). This is the first shipment of a contribution totaling 55,000 MT, which is part of the EC pledge to the drought appeal issued by the Government of Eritrea in November 2002. The rest of the food aid will arrive in the end of June or beginning of July.
The food will be distributed by ERREC to the vulnerable people in the rural areas of South Red Sea, Northern Red Sea, Anseba and Maekel. In total 490,000 people are being supported by this EC food aid.
In total the European Union and the European Commission has up to date provided 37.5 million Euro to alleviate the current crisis in Eritrea. (see attached table)
By this contribution the European Union and the European Commission is continuing, as it has done during the last years, to help Eritrea in order to secure the lives of its people and to help them resume normal activities.
The European Commission also supports all efforts made by the Government and other actors in Eritrea to decrease food aid dependency and improve food security.
Asmara May 7, 2003 - Contribution by the European Commission and Member States of the European Union
The European Commission has provided its assistance directly to the GSE and NGO's while the Member States of the European Union primarily have made bilateral contributions via different UN agencies.