Dutch double Darfur aid to EUR 20m

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5 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM − The Netherlands doubled on Monday the EUR 10 million in aid it had already offered to ease the humanitarian crisis in the Sudan region Darfur, the Foreign Ministry said.

5 July 2004

AMSTERDAM − The Netherlands doubled on Monday the EUR 10 million in aid it had already offered to ease the humanitarian crisis in the Sudan region Darfur, the Foreign Ministry said.

Overseas Development Minister Agnes van Ardenne will also urge her European Union colleagues during an African Union meeting in Ethiopia on Tuesday to increase their aid also.

Van Ardenne will speak with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan − who visited the region last week − in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. She will also meet at the end of this week with the UN special envoy in Sudan, former Dutch government minister Jan Pronk.

Ethnic and religious violence has forced 1 million people from their homes in Darfur and between 10,000 and 30,000 are estimated to have been killed, news agency ANP reported. Arab militias are accused of killing black Africans in the region.

Most of the additional EUR 10 million in Dutch aid will go to the World Food Programme (EUR 3.5 million) and the UN refugee agency UNHCR (EUR 3.5 million).

The remaining EUR 3 million will be donated the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (EUR 1 million), to water and sanitation facilities being set up by the World Health Organisation (EUR 1 million) and the UN Children's Fund or UNICEF (EUR 1 million).

The Netherlands announced last week that it was increasing its aid to Darfur by EUR 3 million to bring the total aid package then to EUR 10 million. Two Dutch observers are also being deployed in the African Union's mission in the violence and famine-stricken region.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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