UK announces additional £30mln for Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, June 20, 2017 (FBC) – The United Kingdom (UK) yesterday announced additional £90 million for drought affected people in Ethiopia and Somalia.

Of the total new funding, £30 million is allocated for Ethiopia and the remaining £60 million for Somalia, according to a press release issued by the UK government. 

The £90 million package of urgently needed support will help supply clean water, food, and basic medical supplies for more than 2 million people.

UK announced the new funding following International Development Secretary Priti Patel’s visit to both countries.

She visited a food distribution centre in Ethiopia to see first-hand how UK aid is supporting people and to meet the UK aid workers on the front line.

Priti Patel also visited a health centre, one of many UK aid is supporting across Ethiopia, to see how malnourished children are receiving life-saving support, including an innovative peanut paste which gives them vital nutrients.

As the largest refugee hosting country in Africa, Ethiopia’s resources are being stretched to the limit with 880,000 refugees who have fled war and violence in neighboring countries.

The UK is working with its international partners to improve the infrastructure, local services and job opportunities in Ethiopia to help the country cope with the increase in refugees and prevent onward migration.

Posted by Amare Asrat