United Nations sends R141 million emergency aid to embattled Zimbabwe

United Nations sends R141 million emergency aid to embattled Zimbabwe

The United Nations is set to provide vital assistance to Zimbabwe to alleviate severe food insecurity. Mark Lowcock, Emergency Relief Coordinator, announced yesterday that the organisation would be sending R141 million to our neighbor.

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The United Nations has announced that R141 million worth of emergency humanitarian relief will be sent to Zimbabwe.

This will bolster 'critical food and livelihood support for the 4.4 million Zimbabweans who are severely affected by food insecurity.

Mark Lowcock, Emergency Relief Coordinator, made the announcement yesterday while on a fact-finding mission in the country. Lowcock cautions that the amount allocated was only a small portion of what was truly needed.

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Between the erratic rainfall hindering farmers in the region and the fragile economy, this couldn't have come at a better time:

“The CERF allocation will help us to rapidly provide critical food and livelihood support, education, health, and protection services for the most vulnerable people who are hardest-hit during crises, including children, women, the elderly, and people who are chronically ill or living with disabilities,”

This announcement was made during the Zimbabwe Flash Appeal's launch, which would need over R3 Billion to support the 2.2 million people most at risk.

Briefly.co.za had reported recently that the nation had been hit by a 120% fuel price increase, which had sent the nation into such a frenzy that the government had shut down the internet supply.

Lowcock highlighted that there is also a shortage of vital medicine and gender-based violence is increasing.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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