ROME, JUNE 28 – The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Angelino Alfano, approved today a one million-euro contribution to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to respond to the aggravation of the humanitarian crisis in Somalia threatened by famine. “With this contribution, efforts will be made to improve access to clean water and sanitation, the promotion of good hygiene practices and the distribution of sanitary kits among the communities at risk of epidemics, as well as assistance to internally displaced persons in the areas of Mogadishu, Gedo and Lower Juba, “Alfano explained on the Ministry website.
The contribution passes through the budget of the Italian Cooperation and is part of a broader humanitarian aid program to Somalia with a total value of € 5 million for 2017.
The vulnerability of the population in Somalia is causing a large internal migratory movement from rural areas to large urban centers. In Baidoa alone, since last November, some 50,000 people have been arriving, putting pressure on the few existing structures and their ability to ensure access to basic services for displaced persons . (@OnuItalia)