The Netherlands has allocated €127m in aid spending for countries where the crises are ‘chronic’, aid minister Lilianne Ploumen told parliament in a briefing on Monday.
Of this, €45m has been allocated to humanitarian help for Syrian refugees in the Middle East, Ploumen said. This is in addition to the €4m Red Cross package announced last week.
The Syrian money will be used to buy tents, food, water and medical supplies in areas where aid organisations are able to operate, Ploumen said. Some will also be invested in improving educational facilities and boost job opportunities.
The Netherlands has put €291m into Syrian aid projects since the start of the civil war in 2011.
In addition, extra money has been earmarked for emergency aid in Southern Sudan, Yemen, the Central African Republic, Iraq and Afghanistan, where conflicts have been going on for several years.
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