UNITED NATIONS: The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) of the United Nations has allocated $30 million to support UN’s relief work in seven countries including Afghanistan. The announcement in this regard was made by Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holms. The funds given by CERF were often the last source of hope for people facing crises, he said.
Besides Afghanistan, other countries benefiting from the allocations are Burundi, Chad, Korea, Iraq, Sri Lanka and Syria. This marks the second round of allocations this year from the CERF for under-funded emergencies. Millions of people affected by some of the less visible crises around the world often have to endure great deprivation,” Holmes observed. While Chad with $6.8 million is the largest recipient of the UN fund, Afghanistan has been allocated $4.6 million.
UN agencies operating in Iraq will receive $5 million, while those working in Syria will be given $4 million from CERF to assist with food health and other relief programs, Holmes added. An amount of $4 million has been set aside for Sri Lanka, $3.6 million for Burundi and $2 million for Korea. The funds go to UN aid agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and through them to partners in the field.-SANA