EU offers $190 million in aid to Africa's Sahel region

Feb. 3, 2014 at 11:43 AM   |   Comments

BRUSSELS, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- European Commissioner for Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva says quick action is needed to help millions of people at risk in the Sahel region of Africa.

The European Commission announced Monday it would give more than $190 million in humanitarian assistance to countries in the Sahel region, which stretches west from Mauritania to Eritrea and includes trouble spots like Mali.

"We need to act quickly if we are to get vital aid to the most vulnerable people who continue their struggle to survive as a result of food insecurity, natural disasters and conflict," she said in a statement from Brussels.

Georgieva said nearly 3 million people in the region require some form of food assistance and more than 25 percent of those people are living in northern Mali.

Mali in early 2013 called for military support from former colonial power France to help fight al-Qaida and nomadic rebels who seized control of northern territory following a 2012 coup.

In terms of food security, Georgieva said the situation could become an emergency for countries from Mauritania to Chad.

"The only effective and sustainable way to end the cycle of emergencies in the Sahel and to put a stop to food insecurity and malnutrition for millions of people," she said. "New funds are essential to make this possible."

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
Dairy Queen hit by Backoff malware breach
Putin mocks trapped Ukrainian soldiers, urges rebels to release them
Federal judge strikes down polygamy ban in Utah
High-ranking Chicago police officer charged with putting gun in man's mouth
Islamic State claims mass execution of 250 Syrian soldiers
Trending News