During an official visit to Ethiopia, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides announced €89 million in humanitarian support for 2018-2019 whilst visiting EU aid projects in the Somali region in Eastern Ethiopia where many people have fled their homes due to internal conflict.
Speaking from the Qologi camp for internally displaced people near Jijiga, capital of the Somali region, Commissioner Stylianides said: “Ethiopia is an important partner for the European Union.
As the country undergoes profound positive political change, the EU will step up support for the most vulnerable Ethiopians. I have seen myself how crucial our EU humanitarian support is in the daily lives of displaced people. It helps them feed their children, provide them with medicines and send them to school. This is EU aid that saves lives.”
The EU funding will be used to address the needs of people displaced within Ethiopia, refugees from neighbouring countries as well as tackling natural disasters such as drought.
Currently there are close to 3 million people displaced within the country and around 1 million refugees from neighbouring countries.
During his mission, Commissioner Stylianides met with Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde and Somalia Region President Mustafa Mohammed Omar. He also held various meetings with other Ethiopian authorities, representatives of the African Union, and with partners delivering aid on the ground.