The European Union recently provided 2.5 million euros. (Approx. To TZS 6.78 / – billion) in humanitarian aid to support vulnerable refugees in Tanzania. This brings the EU contribution to the United Nations World Food Program (PAM) Tanzania in 2021 to 3.5 million euros. (Approx. To TZS 9.49 / – billion). This aid is part of a larger EU support of € 12 million (approx. TZS 32.53 billion) for a regional humanitarian response, providing food aid and essential protection to refugees in the Great Lakes region, notably in Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.
EU humanitarian aid funding is made available to PAM so that the latter can provide food and nutritional assistance to refugees in Nyarugusu, Nduta and Mtendeli camps in western Tanzania. The PAM and other United Nations agencies continue to work with the governments of Tanzania and Burundi to facilitate the voluntary return of refugees to their countries of origin. At a time, PAM and other agencies continue to use EU funding to provide essential services to those who remain in refugee camps. PAM reached nearly 235,000 refugees in the three camps in the Kigoma region.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Tanzania, Ambassador Manfredo Fanti, said: “The EU is one of the main supporters of refugees in Tanzania. We aim to help the government and UN agencies find durable solutions for asylum seekers and refugees, while recognizing the urgent food security needs, exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.
The PAM Country Director and Representative Sarah Gordon-Gibson said: “PAM is very grateful to the European Union for its generous contribution aimed at meeting the food and nutritional needs of refugees. The lack of funds has resulted in a reduction in rations provided to refugees since last year. This contribution as well as the support of other donors will allow PAM stretch the resources available to refugees and reduce the negative impact of ration cuts on the food and nutrition security of refugees ”.
The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the socio-economic challenges facing refugees in the Great Lakes region. Humanitarian action alone cannot resolve the underlying and often structural causes of humanitarian crises in the region. This is why the EU applies and promotes a humanitarian-development approach, in which international humanitarian aid and development partners work together to strengthen coherence between humanitarian aid and development and stabilization actors. .
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