by MARCUS MUSHONGA
HARARE, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations and Zimbabwe have appealed for US$234 million targeting 2,2 million Zimbabweans who need assistance until June.
They are among the nearly 5,3 million people in need.
The Humanitarian Flash Appeal, presided over by the visiting UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, has been launched in Harare in response to rising humanitarian needs in the country due to poor rains and a challenging economic situation.
Bishow Parajuli, UN Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe, said the appeal targets hardest-hit districtswhich were prioritised through severity ranking based on multi-sectoral analysis of humanitarian needs in food; health;nutrition, water and sanitation; child protection as well as the human rights of women and girls that are at risk of violence and abuse due to economic stress and food insecurity.
Lowcock meanwhile released $10 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to assist over 270 000 people in the 11 most-affected districts.
This is to enable humanitarian agencies to provide time-critical and multi-sectoral assistance – including food, health, nutrition, water and sanitation, and protection – in both urban and rural areas.
There has been a positive response to the appeal after the United States confirmed it would provide an additional $15 million to respond to increased humanitarian needs in Zimbabwe.
“We are proud to work with the United Nations, and non-governmental organizations, to deliver this assistance quickly and efficiently to the communities and people who need it most,” said US Ambassador Brian Nichols.
– CAJ News