Monday 1 May 2017

Ireland spends €150m on overseas aid

Girls eat a cooked meal provided by the UN through a partner NGO in the eastern Aleppo neighbourhood of Tariq al-Bab, Syria. Photo: UNHCR/Reuters
Girls eat a cooked meal provided by the UN through a partner NGO in the eastern Aleppo neighbourhood of Tariq al-Bab, Syria. Photo: UNHCR/Reuters

Greg Harkin

Ireland will continue "vital" humanitarian work overseas in 2017, Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has vowed, as details of where our country spent €150m on aid last year were released.

Amid the chaotic scenes in Aleppo in recent weeks, a range of organisations have stepped in to offer humanitarian assistance, funded by Ireland.

Irish Aid helped people in 15 nations, 10 of them in Africa. Projects in Haiti, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Iraq make up the balance.

"The horrific violence that has gripped Syria since the outbreak of conflict has appalled us all," said Mr Flanagan.

"We have prioritised the provision of humanitarian relief funding to those affected by the Syrian crisis since it began."

Overseas Development Minister Joe McHugh said people understood Ireland's efforts.

"There are 65 million displaced people globally. Behind these numbers are ordinary people, families and communities, whose lives are being torn apart by conflict and natural disaster," Mr McHugh said.

Irish Independent

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