Mon 25-04-2022 22:24 PM
ABU DHABI, 22nd April, 2022 (WAM) – The UAE has always been one of the first countries to provide relief efforts to all friendly African nations. It is the belief of UAE leadership to stand in global solidarity to address pressing humanitarian situations, and to harness all efforts to support people in need around the world.
Continuing its long-standing commitment to support the Ethiopian people, the UAE launched a humanitarian and relief air bridge, dedicating 18 flights to address the country’s humanitarian situation, particularly for the people of Tigray.
Over the past three months, the UAE has sent nine flights carrying 420 tonnes of relief and food aid to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and nine flights carrying 280 tonnes of assistance to Mikelle, in the Tigray region. Almost 1.2 million of the most affected people have benefited from this support, including 960,000 women and children.
In addition, the UAE has provided USD 85 million to support relief operations in Ethiopia, in collaboration with international organisations, including World Food Programme (USD 60 million); ICRC (USD 11 million); UNICEF (USD 6 million); UNHCR (USD 5 million); the International Medical Corps (USD 1.3 million); and other organisations (USD 1.7 million).