Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland

10/20/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/20/2020 08:59

Min Brophy announces additional €500,000 funding for Red Cross in Central Sahel

Press release

20 October 2020

Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and the Diaspora, Colm Brophy T.D., today announced additional funding to the International Committee of the Red Cross for its humanitarian programmes in the Central Sahel.

Making this announcement at a ministerial roundtable on the crisis in the Central Sahel convened by Denmark, Germany the EU and the UN, Minister Brophy said:

'One million children in the Central Sahel are suffering from life-threatening malnutrition. In response, I am announcing an extra €500,000 for the Red Cross, bringing our funding to the region to €5m this year.

Ireland directs our development cooperation towards reaching the furthest behind first, especially in fragile and conflict-affected states. Our scaled-up humanitarian assistance and political engagement is an expression of the solidarity by the people of Ireland with the people of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Ireland stands ready to play its role in promoting peace and development in the Central Sahel.'

Minister Brophy, added:

'From our own experience of conflict on our island, Ireland knows that working together to tackle the causes of conflict and insecurity can make peace and stability a reality.'

ENDS

PRESS OFFICE

20 OCTOBER 2020

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