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Horn of Africa

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

13. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department is providing for famine relief in the horn of Africa. (233033)

The Department for International Development (DFID) has contributed over £120 million in 2008 towards unmet humanitarian needs in the horn of Africa. These funds are in support of short-term food aid and supplementary feeding programmes, emergency water and sanitation, as well as medium-term cash and food-based safety net programmes in the worst affected areas.

The Secretary of State, who visited Ethiopia last month to assess the impact of UK support, has expressed concern about the need to expand access to relief operations both in the Somali region of Ethiopia and in Somalia.