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The United Nations: Supporting 12 countries in Africa and the Middle East with $135 million


The Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, announced that it was decided to boost humanitarian operations in 12 countries in Africa, the Americas and the Middle East with $135 million from the United Nations Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF).


According to a United Nations statement, the funds will provide essentials such as clean water, shelter and food to people who need it most, and the decision follows data released last week showing that more than 350,000 people are suffering from starvation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, and that the threat of famine looms on the horizon in Burkina. Faso, southern Madagascar, northeastern Nigeria, southern Sudan and Yemen.


"Famine is rearing its ugly head in many places right now, so there is no time to lose," Lowcock said in a statement. "Dedicating the Central Emergency Relief Fund could mean the difference between life and death for the millions of people who depend on aid for their survival."


According to the UN official, the funding will be distributed to relief organizations in Syria ($20 million), the Democratic Republic of the Congo ($20 million) and Ethiopia, with a focus on Tigray ($13 million). and relief operations in Afghanistan, Nigeria and South Sudan ($11 million each).


The rest of the funding will go to Madagascar ($8 million), Venezuela, Chad and Burkina Faso ($7 million each), Cameroon ($5 million) and Mozambique ($5 million). Programming for people with special needs.


Lowcock added that humanitarian needs continue to outpace humanitarian funding, and not all humanitarian crises receive equal attention or money. "More than ever, CERF funding is a vital tool in correcting this imbalance and ensuring that vital aid continues to operate everywhere," he said.


The statement pointed out that the Central Emergency Relief Fund is one of the fastest ways to help people affected by crises. The Fund enables timely, effective and life-saving humanitarian action by UN agencies and others to initiate or strengthen emergency response in areas where it is needed.


Allocating decisions for underfunded emergencies are based on detailed analysis of more than 70 humanitarian indicators and extensive consultations with stakeholders, and since its inception at the General Assembly in 2005, with contributions from 129 Member States, observers, and other donors, the Fund has helped hundreds of millions of people with more than $7 billion in more than 100 countries and regions. This includes more than $2.3 billion for underfunded crises.

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