Minister O'Donnell responds to appeal for assistance for victims of flooding in Somalia
Minister O'Donnell responds to appeal for assistance for
victims of flooding in Somalia
The Minister of State with special responsibility for Overseas Development Assistance and Human Rights, Ms Liz O'Donnell T.D., has decided to make a contribution of £50,000 to help meet the immediate needs of the victims of the floods in Somalia.
"Almost all of the population of Somalia has been affected", said Minister O'Donnell, "and access and rescue is very difficult. The Irish Government's contribution will support the Somalia Aid Coordination Body (comprising UN agencies and NGOs) in its efforts to provide immediate relief to those who are suffering the devasting consequences of rising waters and disease after one month of flooding.
Since the major famines in Somalia, £780,000 has been given by Irish Aid to assist the rehabilitation efforts of local communty groups. This was channelled in particular through Irish NGO's and to UN agencies such as UNICEF"Top