Thursday, May 23, 2024

NZ pledges $7m in humanitarian aid for Ethiopia and Somalia

The Government has announced it will contribute NZ$7 million to support communities affected by severe food insecurity and other urgent humanitarian needs in Ethiopia and Somalia.

In announcing the foreign aid, Foreign Minister, Winston Peters said more than 21 million people were in need of humanitarian assistance across Ethiopia, with a further 6.9 million people in need in Somalia.

“New Zealand remains deeply concerned for people in both countries impacted by conflict as well as other overlapping crises including climate-related shocks and disease outbreaks,” Mr Peters said.

To facilitate the aid, New Zealand is partnering with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations’ Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund, and New Zealand NGOs under the New Zealand Disaster Response Partnership.

“Our contributions to the ICRC will support its provision of healthcare support, food and essential items, and protection in Ethiopia and Somalia.”

“Our New Zealand based NGO partners will work with their in-country partners to respond to acute food-insecurity in both countries. The Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund is providing a broad range of protection and assistance to meet priority needs in Ethiopia,” said Mr Peters.

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