Andrew Mitchell announced 5 million pounds ($7.8 million) in new funding for more than 100,000 people affected by poor harvests and conflict in Mali and Niger.
The secretary of state for international development said 3 million pounds will go to the U.N. World Food Program to feed, for the next six months, 60,000 people facing hunger in Mali and Niger. The International Committee of the Red Cross will receive 1 million pounds to provide food, seeds and livestock support to 22,000 people in both countries, including refugees and the internally displaced. And the U.K. Department for International Development will give 1 million pounds to Save the Children to provide 33,000 children and adults in Niger nutrition supplies and hygiene kits.
Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan also announced new support for Yemen. The funding, which will go to humanitarian organizations working in the country, will help provide health care, emergency shelter and food to more than 100,000 Yemenis. DfID said there are about half a million displaced people in Yemen, and 7 million with no reliable food source. In addition, 60 percent of children are stunted due to chronic malnutrition.
Both DfID officials urged the international community to step up their assistance for these countries and to respond now before the humanitarian situation worsens further.
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