Monday, August 11, 2014

Canada sending $5M in humanitarian aid to Iraq

The Canadian government is sending $5 million in additional emergency supplies and humanitarian aid to Iraq.

Canada's assistance package will include shipments of food, medicine, cooking materials, blankets, tents, hygiene kits and other essential supplies to help an estimated 850,000 displaced Iraqis, it said in a statement. Canada will also help repair essential water and sanitation facilities, as well as improve access to information for the country's citizens.

"Canada continues to stand by the people of Iraq in these difficult times and condemns the terrorist actions of ISIS and the killing of innocent civilians," International Development Minister Christian Paradis said in the statement.

The $5 million in aid will be distributed through three relief organizations. The first $2.25 million will be divided up between the International Red Cross, Mercy Corps and Save the Children Canada, with the remaining funds to be distributed in consultation with Iraqi officials.

Canada has sent Iraq a total of $16 million in humanitarian aid since the beginning of 2014, with $6.8 million dedicated to helping victims of civil unrest, and $9.5 million earmarked for helping Syrian refugees

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