NZ pledges more aid for Iraq

3:38 pm on 5 July 2017

New Zealand is committing $1.5 million in aid to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq.

Gerry Brownlee in Iraq.

Gerry Brownlee in Iraq Photo: Supplied

The money will go to the International Committee of the Red Cross to help provide emergency food, water and healthcare to civilians.

Conflict between the Iraqi government and armed groups have forced more than three million people from their homes and left more than 11 million in need of help.

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee said New Zealanders were rightly appalled at the civilian toll.

The contribution brings New Zealand's humanitarian assistance to Iraq to almost $5m over the past three years.

Get the new RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs