Abu Dabhi, March 11, 2022
The government of the United Arab Emirates has committed USD 85 million in support of the response to the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa.
The money will help run humanitarian operations in Ethiopia where a hunger crisis is emerging.
In partnership with the relief fund against famine, the financial aid will be allocated to the relevant agencies such as the World Food Programme, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the United Nations High-Commissioner for refugees.
The aid was revealed during a press briefing addressed by the Under-Secretary-General for Refugees and the emergency relief coordinator, Martin Griffiths about the drought in the Horn of Africa.
Secretary of State His Excellency Cheick Shakbut bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan said the UAE has devoted “particular attention to this issue as a way of ensuring stability in the Horn of Africa as the impacts of climate change negatively affect the humanitarian situation. The pledge we made will enhance the humanitarian agencies capacity to respond to the emergency in the region.”
The UAE Red-Crescent and Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Organization have also lunched an air bridge as well as a relief boat to further extend help to the people affected by drought in Somalia.