France Mobilizes in Horn of Africa Crisis
Paris, September 7, 2011
In an update released this week, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs announced the beginning of a massive aid mobilization for the continuing Horn of Africa famine crisis.
A French ship chartered by the Ministry of Defense and carrying 381 tons of goods, left the southern port of Toulon on September 1 on its way to Djibouti. This operation is the result of effective cooperation among numerous countries mobilized in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
Once arrived, the humanitarian aid will be given to the World Food Programme (WFP) and will be brought to beneficiaries in Somalia and other countries in the region. The goods will allow the WFP to nourish 12,000 people for a period of six months.
France has also mobilized the human and logistical resources of the Civil Security (the Ministry of the Interior), the Crisis Center (Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs) and the Ministry of Defense. The latter’s involvement serves to protect the convoys of the WFP from the risk of piracy along the Somali coast, through the presence of ships of the National Navy engaged there within the framework of the European Union’s Operation Atalanta.
These actions follow the August 1 announcement of France’s commitment of 30 million euros, distributed by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. The funds will be spent on urgent food aid, hygiene kits, materials for preparing clean water, and medical aid. In conjunction with the Ministry of the Interior, 3 million euros will be devoted specifically to renewing agricultural production in the regions affected by drought, ahead of the rainy season which usually begins in early October.
Please click here for further details on France’s engagement in the Horn of Africa famine crisis.