The UK has announced £36 million in humanitarian funding to help people in Ukraine, East Africa and Syria.
UK funding of £36million has pledged to provide emergency care for those suffering from conflict in Ukraine and Syria and food shortages in East Africa.
The UK continues to be a global leader in supporting vulnerable people facing devastating conflict, extreme weather and the lasting effects of the pandemic.
Tributes paid to aid workers helping to deal with unprecedented humanitarian disasters caused by global instability and exacerbated by Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
People whose lives have been turned upside down by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, drought and food shortages in East Africa and the conflict in Syria will be among those to benefit from the £36million in UK humanitarian funding announced today.
The announcement comes on the occasion of the United Nations World Humanitarian Day (Friday August 19), when parts of the world are under increasing strain from the lasting effects of the pandemic, the growing impact climate change and conflict in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Local aid workers are at the forefront of efforts to mitigate the disastrous consequences of these crises by providing humanitarian assistance to communities around the world. The UK funding announcement will help them continue their vital work.
In Ukraine and Poland, where the majority of Ukrainians who have fled the conflict have travelled, UK funding of £15m will support up to 200,000 of the most vulnerable affected by the Russian invasion. This includes children, the elderly and people with disabilities. The international aid organization Mercy Corps will work with grassroots civil society groups to provide emergency assistance to cover basic needs, including food, water and sanitation, psychological support and child care services.
In East Africa, where severe food insecurity threatens more than 48 million people, the UK has allocated an additional £14 million to countries on the front lines of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. These new expenditures, which will work immediately to save lives and prevent more people from experiencing near-starvation conditions, include:
A £5million boost to the UK’s Somalia programme, which provides lifesaving health, nutrition, food security, water and sanitation assistance to over half a million people belonging to some of the most vulnerable families.
£6 million for the Ethiopian Humanitarian Fund, which will provide lifesaving aid to underfunded emergencies across Ethiopia, including areas affected by drought and conflict.
£3 million in emergency humanitarian funding to the World Food Programme, Sudan, helping to reach around 120,000 vulnerable people with food aid.
Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for South and Central Asia, North Africa, the UN and the Commonwealth and Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict, said :
In 2022, millions more people are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.
The UK funding ensures that the UN and its local partners can reach people affected by Russian aggression in Ukraine, drought in East Africa and ongoing conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan. We thank those on the ground who so often risk their own lives to help and protect them.
Britain has a proud humanitarian tradition and we will continue to support the most vulnerable, wherever they are.
The Russian invasion is exacerbating the global food crisis, which is hitting the poorest hardest, particularly in East Africa. The UK and its allies have been pushing for the UN Grain Initiative and the world is watching for Russia to comply, so that food continues to flow from Ukraine and feed the hungry .
The UK is also providing £1.5million to deploy technology to determine whether grain sold by Russia on the global market has been stolen from Ukraine. A rail support package for Ukraine will also ensure the smooth running of grain trains. Additionally, the UK is providing Ukraine with the military capability to protect its ports, which is essential for the grain deal to be a success.
Minister for Africa, Vicky Ford said:
In the Horn of Africa, around 700,000 people are experiencing starvation conditions – and in Somalia, more than 386,000 children are expected to be severely malnourished and at risk of death by the end of the year.
British aid in East Africa provides vital support to the most vulnerable people in the hardest hit countries.
We must now bring new stakeholders to the table to strengthen our international response to the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.
The UK is also announcing a £7million package to support Syrian refugees who have fled the conflict to Lebanon, distributed through the World Food Programme. This funding will help provide more than 150,000 people with food, water and nutrition. It’s part of the UK’s pledge to provide up to £158m earlier this year at the Brussels Donors’ Conference for the Syria crisis, which will support food production, protect women and girls violence and guarantee humanitarian access to northeast Syria, where the situation is deteriorating.
The UK is the third largest bilateral donor to the Syria crisis, having committed more than £3.8bn to date as part of our largest-ever response to a single humanitarian crisis. This includes supporting the governments of Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey to address the protracted presence of refugees by supporting displaced Syrians until they can safely return to Syria.
Since 2012, across Syria and the region, the UK has provided over 28.3 million food rations, over 24 million medical consultations, 6.3 million cash grants/vouchers, 11 million parcels supplies and more than 15.2 million vaccines. Our aid provides vital support to millions of Syrians, helping refugees stay in countries across the region and enabling their host communities to shelter them.
The UK has always been one of the largest bilateral humanitarian donors in the world and has been at the forefront of driving more effective and innovative approaches to crisis prevention, preparedness and response. Since 2015, the UK has provided humanitarian aid to 32.6 million people, saving lives and alleviating suffering in places like Syria, Ethiopia and Afghanistan.
Now in Ukraine, the UK is working alongside trusted partners to deliver on its £220million humanitarian pledge.
Mercy Corps Ukraine Response Director Michael Young said:
In Ukraine and Poland, we have partnered directly with local organizations that know their community’s needs best and work quickly to provide humanitarian assistance.
With this funding, our partners will continue to provide emergency assistance and ship essential supplies such as food and hygiene items to people affected by heavy fighting, as well as provide reliable information on the access to basic services, safe routes, legal rights of refugees and internally displaced persons in Ukraine.
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