Posted by: africanpressorganization | 9 August 2008

Djibouti / Humanitarian crisis / United Nations


Djibouti / Humanitarian crisis / United Nations


NEW YORK, USA, August 9, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On Djibouti, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that Djibouti is currently facing a humanitarian crisis driven by a combination of factors, including several years of drought, insufficient rain, and the sharp rise in global food and fuel prices.  The situation is also affected by an influx of Somali refugees.  In response, the Government of Djibouti and the United Nations system have launched a joint appeal for nearly $32 million.  The appeal covers a period of six months.


Meanwhile, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund has allocated an additional $30 million to help alleviate the suffering of millions of people in 12 countries, who are severely affected by the global food crisis.  In addition to Djibouti, other recipients include Eritrea, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Lesotho, Madagascar, Niger, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Yemen and Zimbabwe.  We have more on that, of course, upstairs.




%d bloggers like this: