$158 million allocated for emergencies in 21 countries this year

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Fifty five million dollars has been allocated by the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) to bolster relief operations in eight countries with neglected humanitarian emergencies in 2012.

 

OCHA says the allocations from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) are for Afghanistan, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Sudan.

Gerry Adams has more.

The allocation of the funds for humanitarian operations in the eight countries, brings the total amount of money provided by CERF for underfunded emergencies this year,  to more than $158 million.

In January, 13 countries were given nearly $104 million, in the first round of providing money for underfunded emergencies.

The head of United Nations humanitarian operations, Valerie Amos, says these CERF grants are critical, and will save lives by helping aid agencies reach people in desperate need.

Since March 2006, CERF has received voluntary contributions of more $2.8 billion,  from Member States, non-governmental organizations, regional governments, the private sector and individual donors.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

Duration: 52″

 

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