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Australia to deliver fund to support for Somalia

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-3-10 18:17:40

The Australian government will provide 10 million AU dollars (9.06 million US dollars) in assistance to "enhance stability and support state building efforts in Somalia," Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement on Monday.

According to her, the humanitarian situation in Somalia is " extremely fragile" with nearly 3 million people in need of assistance and over 200,000 children acutely malnourished.

And she confirmed that Australia's assistance will be aligned with the New Deal Compact for Somalia -- an agreement between the federal government of Somalia and the international community -- which sets a pathway to peace and stability in Somalia.

According to the arrangements of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Australian government is allocating 2 million AU dollars (1.8 million US dollars) to support the objectives of the African Union Mission to Somalia ( AMISOM).

AMISOM, according to the DFAT, alongside the Somali National Army, is central in the fight against the Al Shabaab terrorist organization.

And a further 8 million AU dollars (7.25 million US dollars) will be delivered as humanitarian assistance to provide life- saving support, such as access to water and medical care, and to help build resilience for natural and conflict-related emergencies.

Bishop also confirmed that this funding will also help to improve the economic status of Somalis emerging from conflict by providing agricultural goods such as seeds and tools, improving farming methods, and assisting with economic development.
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