22 January 2013

Morocco: UN Allocates Financial Assistance to Sahrawi Refugees

New York — The United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, on Monday announced the allocation of some $100 million from an emergency account to boost operations in 12 poorly- funded crises including the Sahrawi refugees in the Tindouf camps (Algeria).

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) selected 12 countries on the basis of the severity of humanitarian need and an analysis of funding levels.

"Millions of people continue to need help around the world after the media spotlight fades," said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos.

"These allocations are about saving lives. I hope that governments and others will provide more funds to help those caught in these hidden emergencies."

Other countries concerned by these funds are Ethiopia, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Uganda, Liberia, Sudan, Haiti, Yemen, Afghanistan and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Launched in 2006, CERF enables the fast delivery of life-saving assistance to people affected by natural disasters and other crises worldwide. It is funded by voluntary contributions from Member States, non-governmental organizations, regional governments, the private sector and individual donors.

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