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Thu, 22 Oct, 2015 12:06:58 AM
FTimes Report, Oct 22
 
 
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lenita Toivakka took the decision on Wednesday, said a press release issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
 
“Finland targets assistance to where the need is greatest. Millions of people have been forced to leave their homes because of the conflicts. They need food, medical care and shelter,” said Toivakka. 
 
“This was clearly visible also at Za’atar refugee camp in Jordan, which I recently visited. Almost 80,000 Syrian refugees live in the camp,” the minister added.
 
A total of euro 3.2 million is granted for Yemen, of which euro 2.5 million is awarded to the World Food Programme (WFP) and euro 0.7 million via the Finnish Red Cross to the International Committee of the Red Cross. 
 
Emergency education projects supported by Finn Church Aid during the day serve as shelters by night for displaced families due to the Seleka and anti-Balaka conflict in Bangui, Central African Republic, on 27 March 2014. File Photo Lehtikuva.
One million euro is granted to the UN refugee agency UNHCR for regional management of the humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic, according to the release.
 
The need for assistance in Yemen has increased further with the acceleration of violence last March and of the country’s population, 21.1 million or 80 per cent is currently in need of humanitarian assistance. 
 
In particular, assistance is needed for the supply of food and water, health care and sanitation.
 
Also in the Central African Republic, the humanitarian situation is extremely serious and the country’s weakened security situation is reflected in the neighbouring countries. About 900,000 people have already been forced to leave their homes, fleeing either elsewhere in the country or as refugees to neighbouring countries.
 
The need for humanitarian assistance has never been as great before, and many of the sites are severely underfunded.
 
Yemen, Syria, Iraq and South Sudan are simultaneously facing crises.
 
Finland’s humanitarian assistance saves lives, relieves suffering and alleviates human need, and maintains human dignity during crises there, the release said.
 
The decision brings Finland’s humanitarian assistance so far this year to euro 80 million. Last year a total of euro 105.7 million was granted for humanitarian assistance.
 
The support is paid from the appropriations for humanitarian assistance included in Finland’s development cooperation.
 
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