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Friday 24 February 2017

Government gives more aid for famine victims

The Government has pledged another half a million euro in aid to support the most vulnerable in the Horn of Africa.

The funding will provide vital water supplies to communities in northern Kenya after a detailed briefing by the Government's technical team, who visited the drought-stricken region.

Junior minister Jan O'Sullivan said it would be used by Oxfam and Christian Aid to truck water to some of the worst-affected areas, build new boreholes and provide basic healthcare to families in crisis.

The Government, through Irish Aid, has pledged €7.7m to the crisis to date, with another €7m raised in public donations to NGOs.

Irish Independent

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