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EU’s €5.8 million is welcomed by the World Food Programme (WFP) to help Sahrawi refugees in Algeria

EU's €5.8 million is welcomed by the World Food Programme

  • news by AUN News correspondent
  • Monday, November 21, 2022
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

  • The European Union (EU) gave the World Food Program (WFP) €5.8 million ($6 million) to help meet the basic food needs of Sahrawi refugees living in Tindouf, in southwest Algeria.

  • In 2022, when Algeria’s WFP funding needs will have grown significantly, the EU’s contribution will come at a significant time.

  • Food costs are still rising faster than available resources today.

  • The WFP in Algeria receives the most funding from the EU.

  • Since 2003, the EU has given almost €85 million (US$105 million) to WFP programs in the country that help Sahrawi refugees.

The European Union (EU) gave the World Food Program (WFP) €5.8 million ($6 million) to help meet the basic food needs of Sahrawi refugees living in Tindouf, in southwest Algeria.

In 2022, when Algeria’s WFP funding needs will have grown significantly, the EU’s contribution will come at a significant time. This year, WFP had to cut the size of the rations they gave out in the camps because they didn’t have enough money. This happened from March to August. Food costs are still rising faster than available resources today.

According to European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenari, “This fresh financial commitment shows European solidarity with the Sahrawi migrants, who need humanitarian aid for their lives.” So that food aid doesn’t get cut even more and malnutrition doesn’t get worse, the EU asks other donors for more money.

With help from the EU, the WFP will be able to give grains, pulses, vegetable oil, and sugar to refugees who need them. To treat and prevent malnutrition, the WFP will help young children under five, pregnant or nursing women, and nursing mothers.

Imed Khanfir, the WFP’s representative and country director in Algeria, said, “We are incredibly grateful to the EU for ramping up its support to the WFP during this important moment.” But tragically, there are still tremendous needs. To adequately address this catastrophe, more money from other donors is essential.

The WFP in Algeria receives the most funding from the EU. Since 2003, the EU has given almost €85 million (US$105 million) to WFP programs in the country that help Sahrawi refugees. This year, the EU gives the WFP in Algeria nearly 20% of the money it needs.

Since 1986, WFP has assisted Sahrawi refugees in Algeria. To make sure that food aid reaches the people for whom it is meant, WFP operations in the country are carried out and monitored in cooperation with national and international organizations.

It is distributed by APO Group on behalf of the World Food Programme (WFP).

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Analysis by: Advocacy Unified Network

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