Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has called on the international community to make available the funding that is urgently needed to meet the basic needs of civilians threatened by war and hunger. According to the United Nations, donor pledges are meeting less than 50 percent of the current need for aid in the world’s many crisis regions.
World Food Programme forced to reduce food rations
“No one will be able to say that the international community was not adequately informed,” Gabriel said. The situation is particularly dramatic in Syria, as well as in trouble spots on the African continent. Due to a lack of funds, the World Food Programme has for example been forced to reduce food rations by 30 percent to Somali refugees in Kenya. Gabriel emphasised that we are not only morally obligated to help these people in their dire need, but it is also crucial if we want to eliminate the causes of refugee movements.
Germany has increased its aid – others must do the same
In recent years, Germany has repeatedly sharply increased its spending on humanitarian aid. Altogether, Germany currently provides more than 1.5 billion euros in aid to help meet the urgent needs of people around the world. Gabriel pointed out that, to avert a humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen, for example, Germany must even further increase its humanitarian funding. He underscored that other large donor countries, too, must live up to their responsibility.
On Tuesday (7 November), Gabriel held discussions with representatives of the Central Council of Yazidis in Germany. The situation of the Yazidis in Iraq is vivid proof of the tremendous threats and humanitarian emergencies that civilians are facing in numerous conflicts, Gabriel said after the meeting.