The European Commission boosts its humanitarian aid in Mali as crisis response Commissioner visits the country to assess needs
EU News 30/2013
22 January 2013
The European Commission is boosting again its humanitarian aid for the Mali crisis with €20 million – a needed increase that will help respond to the escalating crisis in the country where large numbers of people are fleeing from the conflict and thousands of children are severely malnourished.
The European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, is in Mali now, returning after her last visit a month ago. She is assessing the situation to determine how the aid can be spent to reach maximum impact.
The new emergency funding will be used to help severely malnourished children, to assist about 100,000 refugees from Mali in neighboring countries, and to provide up to 150,000 people in Mali affected by the ongoing fighting with food and basic services.
Source and additional information:
Visit by Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response to Bamako. Django Sissoko, acting Malian Prime Minister, on the right. Date: 22/01/2013 Reference: p-022565-00-03 Location: Bamako ©EU, 2013, URL