EU announces US $3.2m in humanitarian aid

The European Commission announced on Tuesday a 3.7 million-euro (US $ 3.2 million) grant to buy relief items - mainly food - for some 155,000 Western Sahara refugees in Tindouf, southwestern Algeria.

This money will enable the European Union’s humanitarian aid office, ECHO, and Italian partners Medico International and the Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli to guarantee food for the next three months. Their food supply has been almost empty since February, ECHO said. The European aid followed an appeal on Friday for funding.

The refugees have been in Tindouf for the past 26 years as a result of the unresolved dispute between Morocco and the pro-independence Polisario Front over Western Sahara’s right to independence.