Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya will benefit from 11 million Australian dollars (USD10 million) in aid from Australia. The sum will be earmarked for food and humanitarian assistance, according to Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Stephen Smith. It will also be used to protect vulnerable and displaced people.
Of the sum, 4 million Australian dollars, which will be administered by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations Department of Safety and Security, will go toward assisting conflict victims in Somalia.
The funding for DRC, amounting to 5 million Australian dollars, will be used to protect women and children in displaced persons’ camps, as well as support maternal and child nutrition programs and capacity building for women farmers’ groups. It will be channeled through the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and World Food Program.
The Australian government has also earmarked 2.5 million Australian dollars for WFP’s work in Kenya, including food assistance to Somali and Sudanese refugees, and livelihoods program for the country’s arid and semi-arid areas.