UN's $100 Million Fund Targets Neglected Africa Crises, N. Korea

The United Nations released $100 million from an emergency response fund to help aid efforts for what it said were nine neglected crises, including in Burundi, Libya, Mali and North Korea.

About $64 million of the Central Emergency Response Fund figure will help aid groups respond to the needs of people fleeing violence in South South, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Friday in an e-mailed statement. The money will help 1.7 million refugees, internally displaced people and hosts in places including Burundi, which is allocated $13 million, Uganda, which gets $18 million, and Ethiopia, with $11 million.

About $16 million will help relief agencies address the needs of an estimated 300,000 people in Mali, while $12 million will target 350,000 affected by war and food insecurity in Libya, the UN said. A further $8 million will support aid for more than 2.2 million vulnerable people in North Korea, including 1.8 million children needing urgent nutrition aid, it said.

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