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EU gives 1.85 million ecus in aid to Guinea Bissau

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The European Commission has set aside 1,850,000 ecus (US $2.19 million) in emergency humanitarian aid for the victims of the fighting in Guinea Bissau. The European Union’s humanitarian aid office ECHO said in a statement received by IRIN today that the money would fund projects run by NGOs in the country to help IDPs still in the interior of the country and those who had already returned to the capital, Bissau.

The humanitarian situation had progressively stabilised since the Abuja peace accord was signed on 1 November, the statement said, and the NGOs estimated that 70 to 75 percent of the IDPs had already returned to their homes. The funds will mainly be used to provide food and water, health services and purification projects. The NGOs concerned by the aid are:
Comunita Internazionale Volontari Laici-Cuneo (LVIA), OXFAM-UK, Association Francaise des Volontaires du Progres (AFVP), Assistencia Medica Internacional, Caritas Deutschland, Dan Church Aid, Oikos in association with CIC et AVSI in association with VIDA.

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