International Round-Up: Denmark provides support to world’s worst humanitarian crises

The tsunami in 2004 devastated parts of Indonesia and beyond, whilst Denmark was left unable to lend a hand (photo: picryl.com)
January 7th, 2021 6:00 am| by Luke Roberts
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Christmas is a time for giving, and since 2004 Denmark has taken this message very seriously. When a violent earthquake caused a tsunami that claimed the lives of 220,000 people, Denmark was unfortunately unable to help, having emptied its coffers for the year.

Since then, the Tsunami Reserve has been set aside on a yearly basis in order to provide relief in the event of a festive tragedy – a pot of money that this year amounted to 105 million kroner.

When disaster fortunately does not strike, this money is distributed to humanitarian crises around the world.

Easing the suffering of millions
“There must be no doubt that Denmark must always be ready to help if disaster strikes. Even when it is the end of the year, as we saw in 2004,” explained the development minister, Flemming Møller Mortensen.

This year, for lack of any unexpected disasters, 70 million kroner was sent to support humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan and Yemen. The remaining 35 million was donated to the UN Central Relief Fund, providing rapid assistance in areas that most need it.

“The money here can make a big difference. This is especially true this year, when COVID-19 has exacerbated the challenges of the many humanitarian crises and thrown millions of people into very critical situations,” Mortensen added.

In total, Danish humanitarian aid in 2020 totalled 2.85 billion kroner.


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