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Canada pledges $229 million to help victims of Syria conflict, refugees

International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada is giving $229 million in aid for Syria and neighbouring nations hosting refugees from the war-torn state.
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International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan. Photo: Dan Toulgoet

International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada is giving $229 million in aid for Syria and neighbouring nations hosting refugees from the war-torn state. 

The aid package includes $169 million for food, clean water and hygiene and health services, as well as support for women facing sexual and domestic violence.

Canada is playing a key role in an international conference in Brussels today on finding a lasting political solution to the conflict in Syria.

The aid package will also help Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, where many Syrian refugees have fled President Bashar Assad's Moscow-backed regime. 

Some of the aid will help buy grain for the region, which usually relies on wheat from Ukraine as a staple food source. 

The aid is to be funnelled through the United Nations and international aid agencies, including the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2022. 

 

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