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Canadians donate $12.5M

Canadians donate $12.5M towards Rohingya refugee crisis, government to match funds: Bibeau

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International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says the federal government has now contributed more than $37.5 million to the crisis so far.

OTTAWA—International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canadians have donated a total of $12.5 million towards easing the refugee crisis in Burma, a sum the federal government intends to match.

Bibeau says the federal money will go to humanitarian agencies helping refugees in camps and settlements in Bangladesh and those displaced within Burma.

She says an additional 600,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly women and children, have poured into Bangladesh since the end of August, doubling the exodus from Burma.

The minister says the federal government has now contributed more than $37.5 million to the crisis so far.

Canada’s aid will go towards addressing the needs of women and girls, including survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, pregnant and nursing women and woman-headed households.

The effort will include sexual and reproductive health services, as well as psycho-social counselling.

“Canadians continue to show themselves to be generous and compassionate people,” Bibeau said in a statement.

“Their contributions will help our partners respond to the increasing humanitarian needs in Burma and Bangladesh with a strong focus on meeting the particular needs of women and girls, who have faced the greatest impact of this crisis.”

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