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NZ provide $3m Afghanistan humanitarian package

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta. Photo. Samuel Rillstone. RNZ.

 

New Zealand is providing $3 million in humanitarian assistance to the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations Refugee Agency in Afghanistan.

These organisations are providing life-saving humanitarian support for crisis-affected communities in Afghanistan, and those seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.

“The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is dire, with millions in need of assistance and hundreds of thousands displaced by the recent conflict – 80% of whom are reported to be women and girls,” says Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta.

“In Afghanistan the Red Cross is currently focusing on protection of civilians and provision of essential services including emergency health care, water and sanitation.

 “The UN Refugee Agency is providing a range of protection and assistance to internally displaced Afghans. It is also supporting Afghan refugees in neighbouring countries.

“It is vital that humanitarian agencies are allowed access to affected populations.”

Afghanistan fell back into Taliban earlier this week which has led to a mass humanitarian crisis.

“Aotearoa New Zealand also calls on all parties to respect international humanitarian law, protect aid workers and civilians from harm, and support the right to freedom of movement,” says Mahuta.

“We also call on those in positions of power to ensure the rights and freedoms of women and girls are protected as this humanitarian crisis deteriorates.”

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overexploited.

Posted on 22-08-2021 16:20 | By

countries arent poor, countries are rich. its the people that are poor. our people need it more stop giving taxpayer money away.

Waste of taxpayer money

Posted on 21-08-2021 12:30 | By TVFactory

She just gave 3 Million to the Taliban. Complete lost cause and shes obviuosly never been to a war zone.

Overtaxed

Posted on 21-08-2021 11:10 | By

If the government has spare funds to give to other countries Then perchance we are being taxed too much?