HC Deb 10 May 1999 vol 331 c3W
Dr. Tonge

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement about the current humanitarian situation in Ethiopia and Eritrea. [83302]

Clare Short

The UN estimate that there are 3,250,000 people in need of humanitarian relief in Ethiopia. 397,000 of whom have been displaced due to the border conflict. In Eritrea 540,000 people need support with 290,000 displaced by the conflict. Main relief requirements are food, shelter, clothing, household items, health care, water and sanitation. Since January 1998 Britain has provided £5.2 million (including our contribution to EU actions) for emergency food and other support to Ethiopia and Eritrea.

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