UN releases USD20 million for four African crises

The United Nations announced it has already disbursed USD20 million to address the crisis in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Niger. The money came from the Central Emergency Response Fund, which the global body created in March 2006 to immediately act on humanitarian disasters and therefore decrease the loss of lives. “Poverty, hunger and disease are the many silent killers often ignored by the headlines, but against which we must remain mobilized,” lamented Herve Ludovic de Lys, who leads the Regional Office for West Africa of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of the Humanitarian Affairs. “The CERF allows us to adjust the imbalance in the distribution of aid, imbalance which could consequently leave in need millions of victims of the forgotten crises.” (Press Release: More than USD20 million goes from CERF to underfunded crises in West Africa/United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)

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