Highland MSP welcomes £200k funding for East Africa food crisis support

Highland MSP Kate Forbes has welcomed news that the Scottish Government has committed £200,000 to the Disaster Emergency Committee appeal in support of the East Africa food crisis.

According to aid agencies working in the region, it is understood that over 16 million people are in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment.

Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, seconded a resolution at the SNP conference in Aberdeen as the party passed a resolution noting its concern over the ongoing drought and famine in East Africa.

The Scottish Government has recently launched a refreshed international development policy and committed £1 million to the Humanitarian Relief Fund - with the SNP consistent in its efforts to play a role as a good, global citizen.

Kate Forbes MSP said: “The current crisis situation still developing in East Africa, across Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan, is absolutely devastating, and it is important that we show solidarity and help the 16 million people in urgent need of aid.

“The Scottish Government is consistent in its efforts to provide those in need with humanitarian relief - through donations to crisis funds, a strong international development policy and commitment to resettling refugees fleeing war and hardship.

“The SNP will always stand up for those in need across the world.”

The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch added: “The support that the Scottish Government is offering to vulnerable people throughout the world is making a real, tangible difference to people’s lives - whether that is by offering humanitarian support when crises such as the ongoing famine and drought arise, or by giving people refuge from war and conflict.

“The £200,000 commitment to the Disasters Emergency Committee relief fund will play a vital role in providing people with the food, water and medical support that they urgently need across East Africa.

“The SNP has said loudly and clearly that we are ready to support those in need all over the world.”

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