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Somalia: Overseas Aid

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the extent of starvation in refugee camps at Afgooye, Somalia; and what steps his Department is taking to provide humanitarian assistance. (320519)

The United Nations estimates that 366,000 internally displaced people (IDP) are living in refugee camps at Afgooye and that one in four children in these camps are affected by high rates of chronic malnutrition.

The Department for International Development (DFID) will spend at least £11.5 million on humanitarian assistance in Somalia in the current financial year. DFID is a major contributor to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund which disbursed £16.9 million to Somalia in 2009, and to the European Community Humanitarian Office which disbursed £19.6 million in 2009.