UN Assigns Aid to Colombia and 14 Countries

UN Assigns Aid to Colombia and 14 CountriesUnited Nations, Jan 19. -The United Nations assigned emergency humanitarian aid of U.S. $ 84 million to 15 countries, including Colombia, to combat hunger, malnutrition, disease, conflict and displacement.

The information was released by the UN coordinator for such assistance, Valerie Amos, who said that the resources come from the Central Emergency Response Fund.

Colombia is the only Latin American country that appears in the list. It will have U.S. $3 million for emergency programs.

The same amount of money will be used for assisting refugees from Iran and Afghanistan.

Somalia (U.S. $15 million), Ethiopia (U.S. $11 million), Chad (U.S. $8 million) and Kenya (U.S. $6 million) will receive larger amounts.

The UN assigned U.S. $5 million to Central African Republic and Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe while Burundi, Madagascar and the occupied Palestinian territories will receive four million.

The assistance will be provided to UN humanitarian agencies, the International Organization for Migration and other institutions, according to official information.

Amos recalled that last year U.S. $139 million were given to face 17 emergency situations.

The Central Emergency Response Fund is made up of voluntary contributions from UN member countries, NGOs, local governments, the private sector and individual donors. (Prensa Latina)