Press release 147/2014
24 June 2014
Finland will donate additional EUR 1.5 million in humanitarian assistance for the Central African Republic, where about a half of the population is in need of humanitarian aid. More than 560,000 people have been forced out of their homes. Since the beginning of the conflict, approximately 370,000 people have fled to the neighbouring countries.“The situation in the Central African Republic is extremely alarming. Both the misplaced people within the country and the refugees in the neighbouring countries are seriously undernourished, and there are no possibilities for food production,” says Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto.
“It is descriptive of the seriousness of the situation that − alongside Syria and South Sudan − the UN regards the crisis in the Central African Republic among the three most serious humanitarian emergencies in the world.”The Finnish donation will be provided through the World Food Programme (WFP). The aid is also targeted for assisting the refugees in the neighbouring countries of Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, and Cameroon.
The aid will be paid from Finland’s appropriations for humanitarian assistance, included in development co-operation funding.Additional information: Anna Gebremedhin, Head of Unit for Humanitarian Assistance, tel. +358 40 583 0149