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Chair's statement on crises in East Africa and Yemen

15 March 2017

Commenting on the appeal launched by the Disasters Emergency Committee, Stephen Twigg MP, Chair of the International Development Committee, said:

“An urgent response is required in the face of the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, in which millions of children are facing malnourishment and starvation.
 
The International Development Committee welcomes the launch of the Disasters Emergency Committee's East Africa Crisis Appeal and the Department for International Development's promise to match the first £5 million.
 
This is an area of immense concern for the International Development Committee. Through our inquiries over the past year, we have highlighted the plight of civilians living through crises in Yemen, South Sudan and Nigeria. We have reported on the reforms needed to the international humanitarian system, underlined by these current crises and the struggle to respond to them.
 
Man-made disasters such as these, caused by conflict and climate change, have increased the need for humanitarian support in recent years, and this trend is likely to continue. Investment is needed to prevent the worst of their effects. 
 
The frightening levels of food insecurity in Yemen, north Nigeria and South Sudan should not come as a surprise. The International Development Committee has previously reported on the fragility of these three countries, largely driven by conflict. This demonstrates the clear and continuing need for assistance to fragile states and DFID is right to call on the international community to step up with the funds.”

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