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20 October 2008
$5.9 million for victims of conflict
Acting Foreign Minister Helen Clark today announced that $5.95 million has been allocated from within the budget of
to help fund responses to humanitarian emergencies in Iraq, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Sudan, and Somalia.
"Support for the Occupied Palestinian Territory will total $1.5 million and will be delivered through United Nations agencies operating in the region. Currently seventy per cent of households in the occupied territory rely on aid. They have limited access to basic supplies and services, and are facing increased violence and casualties.
"In all these cases the humanitarian emergencies are either caused or deepened by armed conflict. The support provided through NZAID to areas affected by conflict helps ensure basic supplies and services for distressed peoples," Helen Clark said.