According to leaked documents from the UK Foreign Office, Libya along with conflict-torn countries will lose more than 50% of all aid from Britain.
Documents obtained by the British newspaper The Guardian reveal that the UK Ministry of Foreign Affairs will reduce aid to Libya by 63%, Syria by 67%, Somalia by 60% and South Sudan by 59%.
The cuts are in spite of the minister’s decision to cut this year’s aid spending from a legal target of 0.7% of gross national income to 0.5%. The UK’s two-year aid program was cut from £ 15 billion to £ 10 billion.
The UK foreign office did not comment on the leaked figures but stated that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has forced Britain to take difficult but necessary decisions.
He also added that they are continuing to find out what it means for each individual aid program and many decisions have yet to be finalized.
The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, described the overall cuts in the UN aid program this year as a “death sentence”.
Preet Kaur Gill, shadow Secretary for International Development, said that “this is a devastating reminder of the real-world impact of a politically motivated government decision to abandon its manifesto commitment to aid will impact the world’s most vulnerable people.”
“Cutting support to countries during various humanitarian crises will be devastating; leaving some of the world’s most vulnerable people hungry, expanding health care systems collapsing and stripping access to clean water. “
“Make no mistake, people will die. Heartless cutting like this signals retreating from the world stage and will make all of us less secure. This is not Global Britain. “
David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee and former minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, condemned the British government’s decision, saying: “The phrase ‘global UK’ means nothing. As Britain prepares to host the G7, reducing aid to Yemen is a stark warning of what is to come as the government delivers broad cuts across the UK’s aid portfolio.
“Make no mistake, because the UK is leaving its commitment at 0.7%, it is simultaneously damaging its global reputation.”
Meanwhile, more than 100 British charities have condemned the government’s decision to cut aid to Yemen.
The UK has pledged at least £ 87 a minute in aid, down from £ 160 million in 2020 and £ 200 million in 2019.
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