Global Peace and Justice Auckland, Media Release, 19 October 2014
Humanitarian aid from New Zealand desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area.
“We’ve contributed bombs and bullets in the past – this time lets contribute food, shelter and medicine” say GPJA spokespeople John Minto and Mike Treen.
“There is a desperate need for humanitarian support for the millions now displaced by the war and the best way this can be delivered is through direct New Zealand government funding for non-government organisations active in the area.”
“We previously made the mistake of providing humanitarian aid in Afghanistan through our military-based reconstruction teams. Unfortunately only a small proportion of this funding actually reached the people…
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