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    UN Emergency Fund Allocates $50Mln for Underfunded Aid Operations

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    The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated $50 million for underfunded aid operations, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Tuesday.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – The allocated funds will be spent to provide assistance to about two million people, including 200,000 refugees, 665,000 internally displaced persons, 175,000 returnees and 530,000 people in host communities.

    "This funding is a lifeline for the world's most vulnerable people caught up in forgotten crises… In recent years, the global refugee crisis has put enormous pressure on CERF to help millions of people fleeing conflicts that linger for lack of a political solution. This allocation is made possible by the generous contributions of donors who are committed to leave no one behind, and to helping us reach the furthest behind first," Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien was quoted as saying in an OCHA statement.

    Six countries will get additional aid, namely the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Yemen and Eritrea.

    In 2016, O'Brien noted, all humanitarian emergencies are underfunded with an estimated $50 million shortfall on the annual $450 million funding target.

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