Italy gives a million euros of aid to Ethiopia

Italy gives a million euros of aid to Ethiopia

Italy will donate one million euros of humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia, including drugs, medical equipment, seeds for planting and agricultural equipment, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Italy's deputy foreign minister Emanuela del Re announced the aid package during a visit to Addis Ababa, the statement said.

The medicines and medical devices will be distributed by the Red Cross to refugees sheltering on the border between the regions of Oromia and Gedeo, where ethnic conflicts that erupted in April displaced over one million people, said the statement.

Six thousand households will also receive seeds and agricultural equipment as part of the Italian aid package, the statement added.

A shipment of antimalarial drugs and emergency health kits will be flown to Ethiopia from the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot in Brindisi, southern Italy in the next few days, according to the statement.