Australia Announces Humanitarian Aid Package for Horn of Africa

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The Australian government has committed an additional funding for humanitarian aid in the Horn of Africa region.

Foreign Minister Penny Wong, International Development and the Pacific Minister Pat Conroy and Assistant Foreign Minister Tim Watts on Saturday announced 23 million Australian dollars (15.2 million U.S. dollars) in funding to help deliver healthcare, food and clean water amid ongoing humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa.

It includes 13 million Australian dollars (8.6 million dollars) for vulnerable people in Sudan and Sudanese refugees who have been displaced to neighboring countries, 6 million Australian dollars (3.9 million dollars) to Ethiopia and Somalia to support people affected by crises, and 4 million Australian dollars (2.6 million dollars) to Kenya in response to flooding.

Wong, Conroy and Watts said in a joint statement that Australia is deeply concerned by the compounding effects of ongoing conflicts and climate change on vulnerable people in the region.

“Australia is gravely concerned by the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and is working with international partners to help the most vulnerable and address instability in the region,” Wong said.

The aid will be delivered by Australian and local non-government organizations, United Nations partners and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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