Austrian Foreign Minister, Sebastian Kurz, says “humanitarian aid on site will be twice as helpful”

from Government of Austria
Published on 30 Jun 2017 View Original

The Austrian government has decided to provide more aid to crisis regions in the Middle East and East Africa from its Foreign Disaster Fund.

“Humanitarian aid on location provides twice as much support: we are offering prospects to those suffering in Syria and East Africa, while at the same time making a significant contribution to reducing migratory pressure” said Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz on the occasion of the Austrian government’s decision to allocate more aid from the Foreign Disaster Fund to humanitarian relief in Syria as well as Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

Drought and famine in East Africa as well as the continuous armed conflict in Syria have led to dramatic humanitarian states of emergency. According to information from the United Nations, 15 million people are at risk of starvation in the Horn of Africa. “The Austrian federal government will allocate one million euros from its Foreign Disaster Fund (FDF) to Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda each, respectively. The Austrian Development Agency will provide another one million euros to support aid efforts in Uganda” said Sebastian Kurz.

Syria continues to be the stage for one of the greatest humanitarian crises. There are currently around 5 million Syrians fleeing abroad, 6.3 million are displaced within their own country. The FDF will also provide 1 million euros for humanitarian aid and efforts to protect civilians.

The contributions, which amount to 5 million euros in total, can provide humanitarian aid to roughly 780,000 people in the affected crisis areas. The relief efforts comprise, among others, providing food, basic medical care, sanitation programmes and measures to strengthen self-support. The funds will be allocated via the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as Austrian non-governmental organisations.