Germany increases emergency humanitarian aid for war-ravaged Somalia

Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Germany on Friday made 1 million euros availabl e to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to enable it to provide emergency care for internally-displaced persons in Somalia.
In a statement, made available to PANA, Germanyâ?s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the funds would be used to provide food, drinking water, medicine and emerg e ncy shelter for particularly affected groups of the population.
â?In the face of lasting armed conflicts, the humanitarian situation, especiall y in the greater Mogadishu area, has continued to worsen,â? the statement said.
According to the United Nations, 260 civilians were killed in January alone and over 100,000 people were forced to leave their homes for security reasons.
Most of them are seeking shelter in makeshift refugee camps while others are att empting to flee to neighbouring countries.
The Horn of Africa country has been in a state of humanitarian crisis for years.
Due to the continuing internal conflicts and an unusual period of drought that h as made the situation worse, 3.
8 million people â" half of the population â" re quire humanitarian aid.
The ICRC is among the few humanitarian organizations that are still able to prov ide assistance in Somalia.
Working under difficult security conditions, it provides basic relief supplies t o particularly affected groups, such as the injured or internally displaced.
Over the past three years, the German government has made more than 30 million e uros available for humanitarian assistance in Somalia.

05 Fevereiro 2010 12:21:00

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