REFUGEES in some of the most impoverished parts of the world who are exposed to the threat of coronavirus are being supported by a £20,000 donation from Inverclyde Council.
Councillors unanimously backed a request from charity Oxfam Scotland to support an international relief effort co-ordinated by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).
It was agreed that the council will contribute £20,000 to the appeal. Inverclyde Council has now donated £100,000 to Oxfam and the DEC since 2014.
The request for support was made in a letter to local authority leader Stephen McCabe, who put it to elected members.
Councillor McCabe said: “We unfortunately know all too well here in Inverclyde the tragic consequences of this deadly virus and the wider impact it has on communities.
“I’m pleased therefore that my fellow councillors have considered the request from Oxfam Scotland on behalf of the DEC and decided to contribute to their emergency appeal to help protect the poorest and most vulnerable communities living in refugee and internal displacement camps in some of the world’s most fragile places.
“Inverclyde has a proud reputation as a caring and compassionate place and this donation reinforces that.”
The DEC Scotland launched an urgent appeal earlier this month to help protect the poorest and most vulnerable communities living in refugee and internal displacement camps in places like Yemen, Syria, Somalia, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, as the Covid-19 pandemic hits.
Donations will be used to provide families with clean water and soap, and safety information; frontline medical and aid workers with equipment and supplies to care for the vulnerable and sick and ensure that families get enough food to prevent malnutrition.
The Scottish Government has also released £240,000 from its Humanitarian Emergency Fund and the UK Government has promised to match fund all donations up to £10 million.
Donations can be made online at www.dec.org.uk.