Canadians Donate $12.3M Towards Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Government of Canada will match the funds and contribute $37,5 million to the crisis
By Nicky van Zyl, 15 December 17, 12:05
International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said a total of $12.5 million have been donated to ease the refugee crisis in Burma, due to the generous contributions of Canadians.
“Canadians continue to show themselves to be generous and compassionate people,” Bibeau said. The federal government intends to match the amount. The $37. 5 will go to humanitarian agencies assisting refugees in camps and settlements in Bangladesh.
Human rights organizations have described the Rohingya people as one of the most persecuted ethnic group in the world.
The needs of women and girls who have suffered sexual and gender-based abuse will be addressed in the form of sexual and reproductive health services, as well as psycho-social counseling. Including pregnant and nursing women and women-headed households.
“Our partners respond to the increasing humanitarian needs in Burma and Bangladesh with a strong focus on meeting the particular needs of women and girls, who have faced the greatest impact of the crisis,” said Bibeau
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