Politics

Canada’s response to the Syrian Crisis

The Goverment of Canada offers to provide help to Syrian people

June 02nd, 2016
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The situation in Syria has caused one of the worst humanitarian crisis in the modern world. According to the United Nations, 13.5 million Syrian citizens need urgent medical help while 6.5 million people are internally displaced. Over the course of the last 5 years it is estimated that around 250,000 people have died in Syria while many more have been injured in the ongoing conflict. Many Syrians have fled to nearby countries including Egypt, Iraq and Jordan.

Regarding Canada´s engagement with the Syrian crisis, it is important to emphasize that the government of Canada gave 1 billion in humanitarian, development and security assistance. Since November of 2015, Canada has accepted more than 25,000 Syrian refugees.

Canada´s government continues to show its solidarity with the Syrian refugees. In addition to helping the refugees, Canada´s government is actively supporting them on issues concerning humanitarian assistance by providing food, shelter, health, protection and any other kind of urgent need that Syrian refugees may have.

In order to better support humanitarian relief efforts, Canada launched the “Syria Emergency Relief Fund.” In total, the Canadian people have donated approximately 31.8 million dollars for the Syrian cause.
The development projects organized by Canada, which are taking place in the region close to where the Syrian conflict is taking place, are made with the intention of helping cope with the impacts of the crisis in Syria.

Canada is also providing assistance in the region to address the impact of the Syrian conflict in relation to security. This stabilization assistance involves support for civil administration, accountability, independent media and secure communications for Syrian activitists.

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Cultural Diplomacy News
Carla Merayo, CD News