EU announces €191.3m package for Sahel

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The Europen Union has announced a humanitarian aid package worth €191.3 million for the Sahel region that has been suffering its worst food and nutrition crisis in five years.

The assistance is to go to Burkina Faso (€11.1 million), Chad (€40.2 million), Cameroon (€13.9 million), Mali (€35.3 million), Mauritania (€11.4 million), Niger (€32.2 million), Nigeria (€35.3 million), and Senegal (€1 million), the European Commission has announced.

“There is no time to waste with many affected by a worsening food security crisis in the Sahel. Our EU aid will throw a lifeline to the most vulnerable,” said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.

“Our new support aims to reach more than 1.1 million people in need of emergency food assistance while supporting treatment to over 650,000 severely malnourished children,” he added.

According to estimates, there are 11.8 million people across the eight countries who need immediate food assistance to avoid facing acute hunger.

EU, one of the largest contributors of humanitarian aid to the Sahel, had provided €240.8 million for the region in 2017.

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