THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Miami, Florida)
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
In a further response to the urgent humanitarian crisis in Rwanda and the Zaire border region, the President has authorized the use of an additional $19 million in emergency relief funds to provide food, medicine, other relief supplies and airlift to the victims of this crisis. These funds, authorized under the Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund, will assist the efforts of the international community, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Food Program, to address the needs of refugees and displaced persons in the region.
These additional funds bring the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to Rwanda-Burundi this fiscal year to $139 million, including $118 million since the start of the current crisis in April. This assistance has included support for 100 airlift missions. Another 80 missions will be undertaken in response to the immediate crisis.
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