Kenya: US provides additional US$6.1m for humanitarian assistance

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United States has given US$6 million additional life-saving humanitarian assistance for those fleeing the conflict in Yemen and seeking refuge in Djibouti and Somalia.

The US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, said in a statement issued here Wednesday that the new funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the Yemen region in the 2015 financial year to nearly US$81 million.

''This funding is a contribution to the Djibouti and Somalia portions of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) Yemen Situation Supplementary Appeal,'' the Embassy said.

The additional funding will allow UNHCR to provide refugees in Somalia and Djibouti with shelter, access to clean water and sanitation facilities.

It will also help UNHCR provide the refugees with health care, essential household items, legal assistance, programmes which protect children, and to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.

The United States commended Djibouti and Somalia for keeping their borders open to those fleeing violence, adding: ''We will continue to work closely with humanitarian organizations and with countries in the region assisting those fleeing Yemen,'' the Embassy said.
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02 september 2015 08:52:31

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