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Ikea donates millions to UN refugee organ

Ikea donates millions to UN refugee organ

Published: 30 Aug 2011 13:23 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 Aug 2011 13:23 GMT+02:00

The Ikea Foundation has announced that it plans to donate $62 million over three years to the UNHCR, earmarked for families fleeing drought, famine and conflict in Somalia.

The donation is described as the largest the refugee agency has received in its 60 year history and comes at a time when some reports indicate that as many as 12 million people could be at risk around Africa's horn.

“This humanitarian gesture by the IKEA Foundation comes at a critical time,” said António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the head of UNHCR.

Guterres is currently in east Africa to assess the growing situation and developing human tragedy.

“The crisis in the Horn of Africa continues to deepen with thousands of people fleeing Somalia every week. We are extremely grateful. Help like this can’t come a moment too soon."

The money will be used for the agency's operation to help thousands of Somali refugees at the vast Dadaab refugee complex in north-east Kenya and it is hoped that it will provide assistance to 120,000 refugees.

The Dadaab initiative is part of a broader partnership between the UNHCR and the IKEA Foundation which began last year.

“Supporting UNHCR, both immediately and over the long term, is one of the most effective ways to immediately make a difference in the lives of thousands of refugee children and their families,” said Per Heggenes, Chief Executive Officer of the IKEA Foundation.

The camp in northern Kenya was first opened in the early 1990s after the onset of the civil war in Somalia and has experienced a dramatic surge in numbers this year.

Originally designed for 90,000 people it is now home to some 440,000.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:54 August 30, 2011 by jacquelinee
You see? Putting your foot in your mouth in public really can be beneficial after all. Nice damage control!
08:31 August 31, 2011 by karex
Yep, it's a win-win.
10:13 August 31, 2011 by Streja
This is great news. Why did they hold on to that money for so long?
20:31 August 31, 2011 by philster61
Sure. Raid some of those funds you have stored away in ze Sviss banks. The funds zat used to belong to ze Jews jah.....
19:19 September 2, 2011 by Grokh
Stuff like this dont really solve problems, donations ,no matter how great they help the people, only ease the pain of the true reason they are refugees or poor or starving in the first place.

i might sound cold hearted but its the truth, donations are good but dont solve the real problems.
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