The Austrian government is providing 14.2 million euros from the Foreign Disaster Fund (AKF) for acute emergency aid in countries in Africa, the Near and Middle East and Asia. This was announced by the office of Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler (Greens) in a press release. The decision will be made on Wednesday in the ministerial meeting. The funds will go to UN organizations and NGOs such as the Red Cross, which will then provide the aid on the spot.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) sees humanitarian emergency aid as a means of combating the causes of migration and fleeing native countries. . Accordingly, host countries are also supported in the care of refugees, including Lebanon, Jordan, Libya, Southern Sudan and Pakistan. Funds are also flowing to Libya, Mozambique and Iran.
Kogler and ÖVP Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg reminded the effects of the pandemic, which additionally affects people in crisis, conflict and war zones. Schallenberg: “The fight against the coronavirus pandemic in Austria must not cloud our view of developments in global trouble spots and the misery that torments thousands of people worldwide every day.
hp, Source: ORF.at/agencies. picture: pixabay.com
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