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Horn of Africa/French aid

Horn of Africa/French aid

Published on August 3, 2011
An updated excerpt from an official statement on the Horn of Africa famine crisis, issued by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, August 9, 2011

In light of the severity of the situation, it became urgent for the international community to act. France reacted immediately. On August 1st, President Nicolas Sarkozy decided to triple, at 30 million euros, the aid that France gives to the Horn of Africa. This money, divided between international organizations and NGO’s at work on the ground, will be used to respond to the most urgent needs.

France’s first €10 million has already been allocated and divided among the international organizations (WFP, WHO, UNHCR, UNICEF) and the NGOs on the ground (Caritas, Care France, UNICEF France, Solidarités International, Save the Children). The additional 20 million euros announced by President Sarkozy will help meet the needs of the United Nations agencies, including logistical needs.

In the long term, it will be necessary to raise more money for the Horn of Africa to fight against famine. France has mobilized its partners in the European Union, and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs is working in close cooperation with the international organizations and NGOs on longer-lasting strategies. Of note, the Ministry signed a convention with both the International Committee of the Red Cross and its French chapter. The Ministry also held a meeting August 2 with two corporate foundations and 19 NGOs that specialize in emergency humanitarian assistance, with the goal of launching immediately actionable projects.

As president of the G20, France led a group of states brought together July 25th in Rome for a Special Summit of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

France is also strongly engaged in securing transportation and humanitarian aid. The Operation Atalanta, a campaign against piracy deployed off the coast of Somalia, protects the UN’s convoys of the World Food Programme (WFP) from pirates. France has trained more than 7,000 troops in Uganda as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia to ensure the security of Mogadishu and smooth operations of the airlift set up by the World Food Programme. The Ministry of Defense will also put their resources towards aid transportation, by plane and ship.

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