EU Announces 2011 Humanitarian Aid for Myanmar, Thailand

Members of the European Commission's humanitarian aid and civil protection department talk to residents of Satsan village in Myanmar. The European Union will provide a total of €22.25 million in humanitarian aid for the country. Photo by: Mathias Eick / ECHO

The European Union will provide a total of €22.25 million ($31 million) in humanitarian aid for Myanmar and Thailand this year, EU humanitarian aid chief Kristalina Georgieva announced Monday (March 14) in Bangkok, Thailand.

Of the amount, €8 million will be used to assist more than 100,000 Burmese refugees living in six of the nine camps in Thailand. The remaining €14.25 million will be used to address the needs of Burmese communities afffected by the devastation caused by Cyclone Giri. The cyclone hit Myanmar in October 2010.

“The European Union has long been a leading supporter to the people in need of humanitarian aid in Thailand and Myanmar; in 2011, our assistance will remain generous as we continue to work for sustainable solutions for the refugees and disaster-stricken communities in the region,” said Georgieva, who visited Thailand March 12-14 to determine the needs of Burmese refugees. 

Since 1995, the EU has provided €149 million in aid for Burmese refugees in Thai camps. 

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