The U.K. will provide food, water, shelter and immediate medical aid to Somalis reeling from drought, flooding and conflict.

The United Nations estimates that more than a quarter of the African country’s population, or 2 million Somalis, are in need of urgent aid. Nearly 1.5 million people have been driven out of their homes due to violence in recent years.

“Our position is clear; the neutrality, independence and impartiality of humanitarian assistance must be respected. Unhindered access must be allowed for humanitarian agencies and people in need,” British International Development Minister Stephen O’Brien said.

The U.K. has earmarked nearly 20 million pounds (USD31 million) for humanitarian activities in Somalia since September. It has channeled an additional 2 million pounds to the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.