Saturday 16 December 2017

€2m for strife-torn African nation

Joe Costello Minister of State for Trade and Development. Photo: Frank McGrath
Joe Costello Minister of State for Trade and Development. Photo: Frank McGrath

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

THE Government is to provide €2m in emergency funding to aid relief efforts in the volatile Central African Republic.

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello said the money would be used to assist civilians affected by the ongoing conflict. The funding pledge was made just days after a mass grave containing around 20 bodies was discovered near a military base.

The country is edging closer to civil war with the capital Bangui plagued by violence.

Mr Costello said that food, water, shelter and healthcare will be provided to those in the worst affected communities.

"Reports of human rights violations including killings, rapes, kidnappings, and recruitment of child soldiers are very disturbing," he said. "It is vital that all parties respect international humanitarian law."

Some 700,000 people have been displaced as a result of the conflict.

Irish Independent

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