The Commission has recently decided to finance the following emergency aid projects:
Ethiopia: ECU 1 million
This money is to finance a humanitarian transport operation. It is being run by the ICRC, which is organising buses and trucks within the country to move ex-soldiers and displaced persons back home.
For Tuareg refugees in Mauritania: ECU 100 000
On 27 March, the Commission decided to send emergency aid to Tuareg refugees in Mauritania and medical products and food worth ECU 100 000 were flown out that same night. This is part of a far larger aid operation which the Commission is currently planning.
Angola: ECU 2 000 000
The money is to cover the domestic costs of flying the food aid provided by the Commission since early 1992-i.e. 1800 tonnes of cereals, 105 t of vegetable oil and 350 t of other products.
It is 11 months since the civil war ended, but the people of Angola still have severe difficulties to cope with.
Particularly problematic are the massive numbers of Angolan refugees who came home from Zaire and Zambia as soon as the fighting was over.
Then 150000 soldiers are being demobilised and they and their families also need food immediately. The fact that populations are on the move increases the risk of epidemics.
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