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Canada Sending Aid To Syrian Refugees

Canada Sending Aid To Syrian Refugees

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird, visited Syrian refugees in a camp in Jordan on August 11, calling it horrifying. Baird said Canada is prepared to give $1 million to the World Food Programme in Jordan, $2 million for doctors inside Syria and $6.5 million for the government of Jordan to help deal with the refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war.

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The UN refugee agency reported this week that more than 150,000 Syrians have been registered as refugees in Jordan and they suspect more than 20,000 have been killed – and these numbers came before the current battle in Aleppo.

Baird also met with Lebanon’s Prime Minister and asked him to accept Syrian refugees. Baird told reporters that the situation in Syria threatens the stability of the entire Middle East.

“It is now more important than ever that the international community act decisively and in unison to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis before instability and chaos spread throughout the region.”

The Canadian government has imposed sanctions on Syria and has provided non-military aid to the opposition Syrian National Council. The UK is also not providing any weapons to the rebels.

Meanwhile, in Canada, refugees coming into the country are facing an uphill battle against the Harper Conservatives.

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12:53PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

It is about time that Canada stepped forward with monies to help the refugees in Jordan. These people have been through such horrific events beyond their control. War is so devastating!!!

3:28PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

I am glad that these refugees are receiving aid. This is a horrifying time for them that we here in Canada have no clue about. We have such safe and sheltered lives living on this side of the oceans that it is difficult to comprehend such strife. We waste this much money every year in committees or task forces that end up being useless. Heck we wasted that much money investigating scandals that did nothing. We are lucky to live here and be able to praise or complain at will.

6:09AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Thank you for the article..

4:14AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

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4:12AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Well said Robert O!

In the latest development regarding this issue according to CBC News:


"Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has reversed a decision to give $2 million to a Syrian-Canadian group for medical supplies.

"I have directed officials to change course and to review alternatives to deliver medical supplies to the victims of the Assad regime in Syria," Baird told reporters at Ottawa's airport just minutes after greeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "The current arrangement will no longer be pursued."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/08/15/pol-cp-baird-syria-aid-opposition-medical-supplies.html?cmp=rss

The Official Opposition party, the NDP (New Democratic Party) finds this a poor decision for details see for the cut to the funds please follow the CBC News link provided above.

3:57AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Noted, thanks.

6:02PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Good for Canada. The refugees have no doubt been through an agonizing and scary ordeal and it's nice to see people and nations showing compassion for their fellow human being.

Kim W., you mentioned the 99%, but you sure don't speak like you're one of the 99% in this country most of whom know a lot about struggle and adversity. Your post is more in keeping with the heartless, selfish, racist, nationalist, protectionists of the 1%.

6:02PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Good for Canada. The refugees have no doubt been through an agonizing and scary ordeal and it's nice to see people and nations showing compassion for their fellow human being.

Kim W., you mentioned the 99%, but you sure don't speak like you're one of the 99% in this country most of whom know a lot about struggle and adversity. Your post is more in keeping with the heartless, selfish, racist, nationalist, protectionists of the 1%.

9:34AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

9:19AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

YAY! I'm so worried for those poor people, it's good to see some help.

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