Subject: EU executive unveils aid for East Timor, Indonesian refugees
Also AP: EU adopts aid packages for 'forgotten' crises in Asia
Agence France Presse -- English
August 4, 2004 Wednesday 9:43 AM Eastern Time
EU executive unveils aid for East Timor, Indonesian refugees
BRUSSELS, Aug 4
The European Union's executive branch announced Wednesday aid of 1.75 million
euros (two million dollars) for drought victims in East Timor and for refugees
from civil conflict in Indonesia.
Thousands in the former Indonesian territory of East Timor are still
suffering from malnutrition after a two-year drought that ran to last year, the
European Commission said.
The aid would also help cover the basic requirements of around 50,000 people
driven from their homes by conflict in the Indonesian provinces of Aceh, Ambon
and Central Sulawesi, it said.
Associated Press Worldstream
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The Associated Press
August 4, 2004 Wednesday 6:29 AM Eastern Time
EU adopts aid packages for 'forgotten' crises in Asia
The European Union's head office on Wednesday adopted aid packages worth
[euro]5.75 million (US$6.9 million) for what it called "forgotten"
crises in Nepal, India, East Timor and Indonesia.
The European Commission said the money includes [euro]2 million (US$2.4
million) to help feed 100,000 Bhutanese refugees in southeastern Nepal and
another [euro]2 million (US$2.4 million) to provide primary and mental health
care and support to about 100,000 people affected by the conflict in India's
The rest will help address lingering malnutrition in East Timor following two
years of drought and basic needs for about 500,000 people displaced by conflicts
in Indonesian regions of Aceh, Ambon and Central Sulawesi.
"These funds will make a real difference to the lives of some of the
most vulnerable people living in crisis situations in Asia," said Poul
Nielson, commissioner for development and humanitarian aid. "Although their
plight is rarely featured in the media, they have as much right to humanitarian
aid as people living in more high-profile crises."
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