Somalia gets extra €3m aid
TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore has announced a €3m aid package to provide food and shelter for Somalian people hit by war and famine, writes Fionnan Sheahan.
Currently on a tour of east Africa, Mr Gilmore has visited Mogadishu, the Somali capital. He is the first Irish minister to travel to Somalia for more than 20 years.
The €3m aid is on top of €3m in Irish emergency and long-term development funding provided to aid agencies in Somalia in the past five years
"Somalia is one of the poorest and most insecure environments in the world. Our ongoing assistance is saving lives every day.
"The funding I announced today will help our United Nations and NGO partners to scale up their vital assistance to the millions of vulnerable Somalis whose lives are in jeopardy as a result of war and starvation," Mr Gilmore said.