Finland digs in more into its pocket to give to the poor as humanitarian aid expands
Monday, 24 October 2011
Finland has granted nearly 23 million euros for humanitarian emergency aid. With this additional funding, Finland’s contribution to humanitarian aid comes to over 90 million euros this year, according to latest reports. More of the aid goes to Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, as would be expected.
Finland usually increases its emergency aid in autumn in response to the United Nations' emergency aid appeals. Normally somewhere between 15 to 20 million euros of additional aid is granted at this time. However, this autumn’s additional aid is higher than usual because of the crisis in the Horn of Africa reports Finnish media.
Indeed, most of the emergency aid will go to the drought-stricken African region. Countries here are to receive nearly 8 million euros of the additional aid. Finland already allocated 5 million euros of aid to the region in August.
This year the Horn of Africa has received a total of 21,5 million euros. The UN estimates that the region needs over 1,7 billion euros of aid in total.
Around 13 million people in the Horn of Africa are in need of aid, according to the UN. Tens of thousands have already died, while 170,000 people are at risk of dying in the coming months.
Finland’s humanitarian aid is channelled to the area through the UN and the Red Cross. Aid is also given to the Finnish Red Cross, Finn Church Aid, and Fida International.
By Scancomark.se / news source Yle Finland