Federal Foreign Office increases funds for the winter emergency in Afghanistan

05.02.2008 - Press release

The Federal Foreign Office is upping its emergency aid in Afghanistan to 1.5 million euro. In the face of ongoing heavy snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures, the Ministry is making available another half a million euro to enable German aid organizations to finance urgent emergency projects.

Together with its partners, the Federal Foreign Office is using this additional financing to provide the especially needy, for example orphans, widows and the disabled, with warm clothing, fuel and basic food supplies. Rural healthcare centres are receiving supplies of medication.

Afghanistan is currently in the grip of the harshest winter for more than a decade. Supplies are particularly tight in the western and northern provinces as well as in the central highlands. People living in remote villages as well as returnees and internally displaced persons are particularly at risk. But this year even people in low-lying areas were ill-prepared for the unusually harsh winter.

This latest contribution brings the total amount made available by the Federal Foreign Office for humanitarian aid and humanitarian demining in Afghanistan since 2001 to around 68.5 million euro.For additional information on the humanitarian assistance provided by the Federal Foreign Office please consult:

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