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.
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.
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