Funds declining as crises grow
The crises are a result of armed conflict, political instability and human rights violations, which have been compounded by food insecurity and disease outbreaks.
All humanitarian emergencies are underfunded this year,” warned Stephen O’Brien, the Emergency Relief Coordinator of the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
The agency has released US$50 million (R672,57 million) from the for severely underfunded aid operations in some neglected emergencies.
These include the Central African Republic ($9 million), Chad ($10 million) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo ($11 million), as well as Rwanda ($5 million), which is hosting refugees from Burundi and DR Congo.
The funds will provide life-saving assistance for two million people in dire humanitarian need, including 200 000 refugees, 665 000 internally displaced persons, 170 000 returnees and 530 000 people in host communities.
This year, CERF is projecting a $50 million shortfall on the annual $450 million funding target.
O’Brien expressed concern this could force CERF to significantly reduce allocations for underfunded emergencies in the future.
– CAJ News
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