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EU grants 166 mln euros for 10 poor African nations
Cat : Poverty and Debts
Date : 2005-12-26 18:19:34                      Reader : 366
Of Course WB,IMF , US must help without preconditions such poor countries in response to call of Pope. World must unite to stop death of 50 millions every year by hunger, disease , and manipulated wars by the North.


 
REUTERS 26/12/2005
 
EU grants 166 mln euros for 10 poor African nations
 
 
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union announced on Monday a 166 million euros ($196.9 million) aid package for 10 African countries, saying the continent's poorest nations must be remembered on the first anniversary of the tsunami in Asia.
 
"Today we remember the victims of the tsunami in south east Asia. But millions of vulnerable people in Africa are exposed to natural disasters like droughts, floods and insect infestations as well as armed conflicts," EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Louis Michel said in a statement.
 
"These are silent tsunamis. Many of these catastrophes do not hit the headlines in the Western media but they still lead to great suffering," he added.
 
The aid, which will be made available mainly in 2006 by the executive European Commission, will go to Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Chad, Tanzania, Uganda, Liberia, the Ivory Coast, Madagascar and Comoros.
 
Sudan will receive 48 million euros to help the victims of fighting and violence in the Darfur province, which have killed tens of thousands and displaced more than 2 million, creating one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.
 
The Democratic Republic of Congo, which is still struggling with bands of gunmen after a five-year war officially ended in 2003, will get 38 million euros to improve health care for women and children and to help in the settlement of refugees.
 
Burundi is to receive 17 million euros, Liberia 16.4 million, Uganda 15 million, Chad 13.5 million and Tanzania 11.5 million.
 
The EU, already the world's largest aid donor, agreed this year to boost aid spending to 0.51 percent of gross national income (GNI) by 2010 and 0.7 percent by 2015. It has also agreed that half of the increase in aid will go towards Africa.

 
 
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