Eritrea: Humanitarian Aid

Department for International Development written question – answered on 5th August 2019.

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Photo of Lord Sheikh Lord Sheikh Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current humanitarian situation in Eritrea.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

Eritrea’s location in the Horn of Africa makes it susceptible to extreme weather events such as droughts and flooding. We are concerned by deteriorating levels of food security in the Horn of Africa as a result of poor rainfall across much of the region. Slower economic growth and the residual effects of war also perpetuate the vulnerability of Eritrea’s population.

DFID has funded life-saving activity in Eritrea for several years, including providing £3.24m to UNICEF in 2018-19 to help treat malnutrition in under-fives and provide access to safe hygiene and sanitation services. DFID has recently agreed to extend funding to UNICEF Eritrea until March 2021.

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