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Horn of Africa/humanitarian aid

Published on August 19, 2011
Statement by the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry Deputy Spokesman

Paris, August 17, 2011

France is continuing to mobilize her efforts to respond to the food crisis in the Horn of Africa. A plane carrying humanitarian freight was sent to Djibouti on 10 August; a ship loaded with humanitarian aid will leave the port of Toulon on 1 September.

The MN Eider, chartered by the Ministry of Defence, will transport 200 tonnes of foodstuffs to Djibouti. 50% of this aid consists of donations of flour and sugar from the food-processing companies “Grands Moulins de France”, “Grands Moulins de Paris” and from the French sugar industry. The other half of this assistance (rice) comes from the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs thanks the companies and the Chairman of the Regional Council for the efforts that have allowed us to implement this action in support of the populations in need.

When it arrives, the humanitarian aid will be given to the World Food Programme for delivery to the recipient populations in Somalia and the other countries of the region./.

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