Addis Ababa March 18/2017 European Union (EU) announced on Friday additional 165 million Euros support to respond to the crises in South Sudan, Somalia and neighboring countries, a press release said.
European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica announced the support during an official visit to the African Union.
From this package of support, 100 million Euros allocated to respond to the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. Out of this, 30 million Euros will be provided for lifesaving assistance.
The 65 million Euros is planned to respond to the droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.
Changing climatic conditions and successive failed rains during the past three years are triggering humanitarian crisis of huge proportions.
The negative effects of the droughts are likely to intensify in 2017, as rains are projected to be below average during the next rainy season.
The situation is particularly dire in Somalia, where the number of people in need has increased drastically to 6.2 million, that is half the population, and where there is a real risk of famine later in 2017. A pre-famine alert has already been issued in February of this year.
Commissioner Mimica said: "The sooner we act the more lives we can save. This package of €165 million will support the urgent needs of South Sudanese people in the country and the region but also the millions of people at risk of famine in the Horn of Africa. With this additional support, the EU shows the way to other members of the international community to also respond urgently."
This new package will scale up and strengthen over 400 million Euros that the EU allocated in 2016 to address the humanitarian crises and the effects of El Niño in the region.
It will also complement the 200 million Euros which the EU approved in February this year to support the new Government of Somalia to continue transitioning out of fragility and building a resilience society, the release indicated.