Manx government’s £50,000 for emergencies abroad

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The Manx government has announced that it is to give out £50,000 to emergency appeals abroad.

The International Development Committee (IDC) today (Monday) announced that funding had been provided to Unicef UK for its response to the humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic and Human Appeal International for work in Somalia and the Niger Republic.

Unicef UK will receive £20,000 for its work with children affected in the Central African Republic.

Over the past 12 months the Central African Republic has experienced escalating internal conflict, affecting about 4.6million people.

The United Nations has declared the situation as a level 3 emergency (the highest emergency level).

Unicef’s project will protect displaced children from the risk of violence and human trafficking whilst also providing water and sanitation facilities to refugee camps.

Human Appeal International will receive £15,000 for its emergency response to early recovery needs of the people affected by cyclone in Somalia.

On November 10 a cyclone hit the North-East coast of Somalia. According to local authorities more than 300 people lost their lives, some 50,000 people are severely affected and more than 100,000 livestock died.

The funds granted by the IDC will provide 114 families with food packs to meet the early recovery needs of those most vulnerable and affected families.

Human Appeal International will also receive £15,000 for its work in the Niger Republic.

More than 40,000 refugees have fled the northern Nigerian border in the Niger Republic.

The influx of people into the country is placing further strain on a country which struggles with food insecurity due to years of drought.

The project will provide emergency relief to the refugees by providing access to food, water and sanitation facilities.

The chairman of the International Development Committee, Phil Gawne MHK, said: ‘At this time of the year we are reminded of the humanitarian messages of loving our neighbours and looking after those people less fortunate than ourselves.

‘As we look forward to celebrating Christmas it is good to know that our small island nation is in a position to help some of the many millions of people who will be suffering this Christmas.’




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