Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced New Zealand will provide $1.75 million in humanitarian aid to crises in Africa and the Middle East.
“The on-going and systematic violence in Syria is of extreme concern to the international community and it is forcing large numbers of people from their homes and into neighbouring countries,” Mr McCully says.
New Zealand will provide $1 million to a United Nations food relief programme in the Sahel region of West Africa, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully announced today.
"Poor rains, crop failure and high fuel prices have led to food shortages and malnutrition across the Sahel region," Mr McCully says.
"Almost nine million people need immediate food assistance and the crisis could affect 23 million people if essential needs are not addressed.
10 September, 2010
New Zealand will contribute $1 million to the World Food Programme's response to serious food shortages in the Sahel region of West Africa, Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced today.
"Severe drought in West Africa has led to crop failures and stock losses which have put more than 10 million people at risk of malnutrition and starvation," Mr McCully said.
"The situation is accentuated by high food prices, and the fact that the affected countries are among the poorest in the world.
"New Zealand's contribution …