The EU Managing Director for Africa at the European External Action Service (EEAS), Nick Westcott, has traveled to Nairobi, Kenya in order to offer the EU’s solidarity and support regarding the recent hostage incident at the Westgate Shopping Mall, and discuss future action to tackle radicalization and financing of terrorism, both in Kenya and in the region.
EU provides €25,000 aid to Kenya
Moreover, the EU has decided to provide €25,000 following a request of the Kenyan Red Cross Society (KRSC) in order to help the victims of the tragic incident. As European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva stated: “We are responding with €25,000 to a request by the Kenyan Red Cross Society at this difficult moment. They are doing an excellent job through first aid, ambulance and referral services, tracing and reuniting lost family members and psychological support.”
The EU assistance will help rebuild the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) that will support the Kenyan Red Cross society in its efforts to give referral and blood donation services, provide community- based health care and boost the psycho-social care for the people affected by the Nairobi incident.
The KRCS has also organized a nation-wide blood donation campaign to support the medical facilities in Nairobi in treating the casualties.
EU contribution to KRCS
The Commission has already contributed €800,000 to KRCS in recent months in order to strengthen its response capacity through capacity-building, first aid training of local volunteers, gathering of basic items and coordination with stakeholders.