The government of China on Thursday (April 27) provided life saving nutrition assistance worth eight million dollars to support the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) response in drought-hit Ethiopia.

The contribution from China would enable WFP to provide specialized treatment for over 277,000 moderately malnourished children and women due to the ongoing drought that affected parts of the east African country.

La Yifan, the Chinese Ambassador in Ethiopia, said during the handing over ceremony that China is a friendly country, providing support to its best ability.

“We are a developing country, but we obliged to provide assistance to other countries through the World Food Programme,’’ he said.

The ambassador appreciated efforts made by the Ethiopian government to reach out to the emergency needs of its drought affected citizens.

He also called on the international community to fulfill the commitments made in the fight against climate change, as a sustainable solution to minimize the occurrence of natural disasters.

John Aylieff, WFP Ethiopia Representative and Country Director, appreciated China’s contributions to support people in drought affected Ethiopia.

John Aylieff said that the support had come at a crucial moment as the east African country endures the worst drought in 50 years.

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