New Zealand will send $500,000 to help refugees displaced by
violence in Iraq, says Foreign Affairs Minister Murray
Mr McCully today announced New Zealand would provide $500,000
to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to
help those displaced by fighting in Iraq.
The money would provide urgently needed supplies such as
family tents, mattresses, blankets, hygiene kits and water
containers for those in need, he said.
"An estimated 500,000 people have been forced from their
homes in recent days due to advances by the Islamic State of
Iraq and the Levant.
"There are now one million internally displaced people in
Iraq and 350,000 Syrian refugees who have fled the civil war
in their own country.
"These numbers could rise rapidly if the security situation
continues to deteriorate."
New Zealand was committed to the international humanitarian
effort in Iraq, he said.