Canada Helps War-Weary Syrians

Canada Helps War-Weary Syrians

August 11, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Minister of International Cooperation Julian Fantino today announced new Canadian support in response to the crisis in Syria.

“Canada is deeply concerned about the impact of the Syrian crisis on neighbouring countries,” said Baird, while visiting refugee Camp Zaatari on the Jordan-Syria border.

"The urgent needs on the ground are immense and growing by the day. The real human tragedy of this crisis is something that can’t be put into words,” he added. “Nearly two million Syrians have been displaced by the civil war now raging in their homeland. Today’s announcement provides Jordan with $6.5 million in new assistance to help meet its needs in responding to the crisis.

“Canada has been a leader in providing humanitarian assistance to those in need throughout the crisis,” said Baird. “Neighbouring countries have been served a crisis on their doorsteps, and Canada is happy to lend its support to their generosity.”

Canada is also providing $2 million to Canadian Relief for Syria, which will provide medical supplies for doctors and health-care providers within Syria’s borders. This will help provide better and more timely medical care for Syrian civilians who need it.

“Canada calls on all sides of the conflict to immediately allow humanitarian access so that assistance reaches those most in need,” said Minister Fantino. “Canada will provide an additional $1.5 million in humanitarian assistance to the United Nations World Food Programme to meet the basic food needs of up to 185,000 Syrian refugees. Canada also calls on other countries that have already pledged humanitarian support for this crisis to honour those commitments.”

Canada continues to work with the international community to pursue all diplomatic means to resolve the Syrian crisis.

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