The United Nations humanitarian chief Monday announced the allocation of some $100 million from an emergency account to boost operations in 12 poorly-funded crises ranging from Afghanistan to Yemen.
"Millions of people continue to need help around the world after the media spotlight fades," said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos.
"These allocations are about saving lives. I hope that governments and others will provide more funds to help those caught in these hidden emergencies."
The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) selected Afghanistan, Algeria, Burundi, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Liberia, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen on the basis of the severity of humanitarian need and an analysis of funding levels.
CERF's underfunded emergency facility aims to even out funding disparities and highlight 'forgotten' or 'neglected' emergencies such as the longstanding Sahrawi refugee operation in Algeria, stated a news release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which manages the Fund.