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NZ sends more aid to Africa, Middle East

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/05/2017

New Zealand will contribute another $5 million in aid to the Red Cross and World Food Programme humanitarian relief programmes across Africa and the Middle East.

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee says New Zealand's assistance to Syria has risen to $27 million since 2012 with an extra $1m announced on Monday.

It will help women heading households to start income-generating activities, provide household items and healthcare.

The International Committee of the Red Cross in Yemen and Nigeria will receive $2m as will the World Food Programme in South Sudan and Somalia.

"Not only will this provide emergency food assistance, it will also help fund food security initiatives such as school meals for children," Mr Brownlee said.

It's estimated 45 million people across South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen need humanitarian assistance, including 20 million who are facing starvation.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand has a budget of $576m for foreign aid in the 2016-17 year.

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