Canada to Give $100m Aid for People Affected by Rohingya Crisis

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Displaced Rohingya refugees from Rakhine state in Myanmar rest near Ukhia, at the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar, as they flee violence on 4 September 2017. — AFP file

OTTAWA (Agencies) — Canada has announced almost US$100 million in humanitarian and development initiatives for the Rohingyas currently sheltered in Bangladesh’s refugee camps.

Kamal Khera, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s minister of international development, announced the aid on Wednesday, according to a press release.

It includes $32.15 million aid to mitigate the impact of the monsoon, improve living conditions, and increased health facilities, it read.

It also includes $67.7 million in fund for assistance to expand health and basic education services, said the release of Canadian high commission.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development Kamal Khera, on behalf of Canadian Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality Maryam Monsef, announced these initiatives as she concluded a three-day visit to Bangladesh during which she visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.

As a key partner in the international response to the Rohingya crisis, Canada is committed to continuing working with domestic, regional and international partners to deliver life-saving and gender-responsive support to the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the Rohingya crisis, said the Canadian High Commission in Dhaka.

Kamal Khera said she was deeply moved to see the incredible difference their partners are making in the lives of some of the most vulnerable in Cox’s Bazar, especially women and children, reports Dhaka Tribune.

 

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