Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has decided to release 688 million FCFA in emergency aid through its Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) to assist Togolese refugee who fled post-election violence in th neighbouring country.
In a news release issued here Wednesday, the European Union Commission delegation said the grant has been drawn from the 9th European Development Fund (EDF).
This emergency assistance will be used to cover the refugees' drinking water, sanitation, temporary shelter, basic essential needss, food aid, primary health and psychological support to the most vulnerable and traumatised among them.
This humanitarian assistance, which will run for the next six months, will go to the Come and Agame refugee camps as well as the local host communities.
About 8,000 Togolese children are among the over 20,850 refuges who had fled into Benin between the presidential election on 24 April and 3 June.
Most of these refugees have been accommodated by Beninese homesteads, while nearly 7,400 others are living in the Come and Agame refugee camps in south-eastern Benin.