The European Commission has announced that it will be supporting the Tindouf camps’ population in Algiers with a US$4.6 million contribution to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). The humanitarian aid will be added to a US$6.8 million contribution made last year, WFP said in a communiqué published Thursday.
«Most Sahrawi refugees depend on assistance from the international community. We’re grateful for the generous contribution from the European Commission which has supported our work in the Sahrawi refugee camps over the past 15 years», said WFP Representative and Country Director in Algeria Romain Sirois.
The European Commission’ contribution will help «cover food needs of the most food insecure Sahrawi refugees; some 77 percent of the refugee camp population», the same source explained. WFP’s help will include «cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, sugar and fortified foods».
WFP has been helping people from the Tindouf camps since 1986, the same source said, adding that the body’s actions in Algeria «are carried out and monitored in collaboration with national and international organizations to ensure food assistance reaches the people for whom it is intended».