Czech Humanitarian Aid to Africa in 2012
23.11.2012 / 17:02
On 22 November 2012, Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg approved humanitarian aid to three African countries: Nigeria, Mali and Democratic Republic of Congo.
The eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo are plagued by violence in spite of the end of the civil war in 2003. The security situation further worsen in 2012 with the emergence of another armed group M23 fighting against Congolese army. Since April 2012 more than 500 000 refugees have left their homes, the total number of refugees rised to 2,3 million. The refugees, destituted of their livelihood, are facing shortages of food and poor access to drinking water, risk to be targeted as victims of violence, including sexual violence. The Czech Republic will donate 2 mil. CZK to the World Food Programme, offering food aid to 1,2 mil. people in DRC.
The conflict in Northern Mali chased out about 500 000 refugees from their homes to south and to neighbouring countries (Burkina Faso, Mauretania, Niger). The Czech Republic will support the World Food Programme by amount of 2 mil. CZK. World Food Programme is mainly fighting the malnutrition of children and other vulnerable groups.
The Czech Republic will as well support Nigeria, which has been hit by the worst floods in past five decades. 7,5 mil. Nigerians were affected. The Czech Republic will provide 2,5 mil CZK for construction of shelters and for restoration of means of living. The aid will be channelled through the International Federation Red Crescent which closely cooperates with Nigerian Red Cross.