Ethiopia: Sweden Contributes 16 million USD for Food aid to People Affected by the Drought

ADDIS ABABA (HAN) November 22, 2015 – Public Diplomacy and Regional Stability News. Sweden has made a decision to contribute 140 million SEK (16 million USD) for food aid to people affected by the severe and ongoing drought in Ethiopia. The contribution is made through a grant to the World Food Program (WFP).

Through this contribution more than 1.5 million people in the Somali region will receive cereals, pulses and vegetable oil, helping to stabilize malnutrition rates, which have risen sharply in recent months since the drought took hold.

Sweden’s contribution will complement government distributions in other regions following the Government of Ethiopia’s allocation of 4 billion birr (US$ 192 million) to relief efforts.

At the signing of the agreement on the 18th November, Anneka Knutsson, Head of Development Cooperation stressed the importance to act early in these types of crisis. Paying early will mean saving later. The WFP Representative and Country director, John Aylieff stated that, “Sweden is among the very first to step forward and respond to the current crisis.

Families across the Somali region, whose lives have been turned upside down by what is said to be the worst El Niño event in recorded history, will feed themselves and their children for the next month thanks to the generosity of Sweden”. MFA


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  1. as we all know woyane minority regime does not allow foreigners in areas where people are affected by hunger. in the name of anti-terrorism law, they are trying to cover up the plight of the country. now we see the resettlement policy of the gang regime, since decades they resettle the population from accustomed environment into unknown areas. so that they can sell land cheaply to so-called investors. the most controversial element of the government’s programme is known as villagisation the displacement of people from land they have occupied for generations and their subsequent resettlement in artificial communities.unfortunately doner countries believe that this money will be used wisely, in contrary, it ends up in their pockets. the gang debuty pm of the minority regime is not ashamed to denied that thousands of people had left their villags in search of food water and shelter. i hope the doner countries are assisting the regime by food and water but not cash money.

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