FIFA has decided to make a donation of USD 1 million in emergency aid for the humanitarian crisis currently afflicting Somalia. The funds will be given directly to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in support of its programmes to help the people affected by the drought and the conflict in the country.

The ICRC will use FIFA’s donation specifically to implement their strategy of providing life-saving emergency aid, complemented by projects designed to revive or boost the livelihoods of the worst-off communities in a sustainable manner. Approximately one-third of the donation will be used to finance the purchase and transportation of food, representing standard food rations for 25,000 families or 150,000 people over a period of one month, and the remaining two-thirds will support all ICRC activities in the country.

The ICRC expects to help more than one million people over the coming months with programmes focused in southern and central Somalia in order to respond to the current nutritional and food crises in the area.

This initiative by FIFA is part of world football’s governing body’s solidarity programmes, which in recent years have allowed support to be provided to the people of countries such as Japan, Haiti, Pakistan, China PR, Chile and the countries of south-east Asia affected by the tsunami in December 2004.