ROME, DECEMBER 21 – “Italy has approved an emergency contribution of 1 million euros, divided into two funding packages: an initial 700,000 euros for the World Food Programme (WFP) to distribute food rations and cash aid to the most vulnerable civilian population, in order to lessen the human impact of the conflict taking place in eastern Ukraine.”, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs announced today on the www.esteri.it website.
An additional amount of 300,000 euros will be paid to UNICEF to fund a humanitarian landmine clearance project.” The Italian funding will allow risk awareness courses to be provided for school and pre-school children living in areas where there are landmines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices”, Alfano said.
“For too many children in eastern Ukraine, simply walking to school could end their life, or result in life-changing injuries,” said Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine, last May when British actor Orlando Bloom visited the region as UN Goodwill Ambassador. “Since the beginning of the crisis, more than 55,000 unexploded landmines, shells and other ordnance have been found and removed – and we know this is just the tip of the iceberg. Our aim is to ensure that all children can safely get to class, study and play.” (@OnuItalia)