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Czechs to give 50 million crowns to humanitarian organisations

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The Czech Republic will give 50 million crowns to three international organisations focusing on humanitarian aid, Prime Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) told journalists after a cabinet meeting that approved the Foreign Ministry’s proposal today.

The money is to be used for medical aid in Ukraine, solution to migration problems in Zambia and disaster prevention.

The country will send 10 million crowns to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), 20 million to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and 20 million to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).

The finances for the ICRC are for medical aid provided in the regions of eastern Ukraine hit by the violent conflict. The Czech embassy in Kiev will monitor the use of the donation and seek ways to coordinate the Red Cross activities with other Czech humanitarian projects.

The UNHCR will get the money to deal with the migration affairs in Zambia, which is facing a refugee wave from the neighbouring Congo. Zambia is one of the priority countries of Czech foreign developmental aid and Czech NGOs take part in the operation of refugee camps in the country.

The money for the UNDRR is to help reduce the risk of disasters in all the six priority countries of Czech foreign developmental aid – Bosnia, Cambodia, Georgia, Ethiopia, Moldova and Zambia. The Czech Republic has been cooperating with the UNDRR for a long time and Czech experts take part in the evaluation of the risk of natural disasters.

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