10 million euros human aid to Sahrawi refugees (Google Alert / Echorouk)

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10 million euros human aid to sahrawi refugees

Ten million Euros have been devoted by the European Commission as humanitarian aids for the Western Sahara refugees. The European assistance includes basic food and medical care requirements. This aid is the first of its kind since more than ten months. By February 2006, unusually heavy rain storms destroyed refugees’ camps where more than 120 thousands Sahrawi families were living. Seven months later, most of countries and humanitarian organisations stopped their assistance, without caring about Sahrawi people who can no longer afford to survive. Among them, the European Union and UN Food Agency that started for the first time its assistance for Sahrawi refugees by 1986. There has been a sharp decrease in the level of food buffer stock. As a result, there has been a huge increase in the number of people who have anemia.

According to a research funded by the UN Refugee Agency, the UN World Food Program and the United Nation Children’s Fund, more than 76% of pregnant women suffered from anemia, alongside, 68% of children under the age of five.

However, the Sahrawi Red Crescent launched in January 2006 an international call to ask for help in order to sensitize the international community about the urgent need of emergency aid.

Hamza Bahri

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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