Lithuania allocated funds for humanitarian assistance in Yemen, Syria and Albania
Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has allocated 15,000 euros for humanitarian assistance in Yemen and Syria each and 10,000 euros for humanitarian assistance in Albania.
At the moment Yemen is facing the gravest humanitarian crisis in the world which needs urgent response from the international community. The catastrophic situation was caused by armed conflict that lasts since 2015. According to the UN data, 22,2 million people in Yemen need urgent assistance and 11,3 million people need lifesaving assistance, 17,8 million people are in need of food assistance. With regard to critical situation and the risk of famine, Lithuania has transferred its contribution of humanitarian assistance to the World Food Programme.
The conflict in Syria is ravaging the country for 7 years. According to the UN, 0,4 million people have died in Syria and 13,5 million people need humanitarian assistance. Due to extremely dangerous situation 5,41 million people have fled the country and became refugees, while another 6,3 million people were forced to leave their homes and are internally displaced. Lithuanian humanitarian assistance will be transferred to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Funding for Albania was allocated following the call for assistance by the Government of the Republic of Albania. Due to extreme downpours many parts of Albania are under floods, which have caused grave material damage and forced people to evacuate.
In 2017 Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have already allocated 330,000 euros for humanitarian assistance to victims of conflict and natural disasters in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, South Sudan, Somali, Nigeria, Mali, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone and Dominica, Palestinian refugees in the Middle East and refugees from Myanmar.