Addis Ababa September 26/2013 The government of Brazil on Wednesday provided 15,000 quintals rice to support refugee operation of the World Food Program (WFP) in Ethiopia.
While receiving the donation WFP Representative and Country Director in Ethiopia Abdou Dieng said the food aid is valued at 13 million Birr.
Dieng said the donation will be used to assist refugees living in various camps in Ethiopia.
The refugees are from Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan and South Sudan
The Brazilian government has increased annual assistance to WFP to 83 million USD in 2012 from one million USD in 2007.
Dieng lauded the Brazilian government and the support of the governments of Norway and Switzerland for the transportation and delivery of the food.
Brazilian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Isabel Cristina De Azevedo Heyvaert said that the Brazilian government is aware of the challenges in feeding and taking care of refugees.
The Ambassador said the Brazilian government will further strengthen efforts to address food insecurity and improve the livelihoods of the vulnerable.
Norwegian Ambassador Odd-Inge Kvalheim and UNHCR Representative in Ethiopia, Moses Okello on their parts said on the occasion that Ethiopia has become home for refugees as it managed to give appropriate care and assistance to them.
So far Brazil has provided more than 23,000 metric tons of food aid valued at over 214 million Birr to WFP’s operations in Ethiopia.
WFP Ethiopia is assisting 370,000 refugees.