August 10, 2014 6:26 pm

Ottawa earmarks $5 million for Iraq aid


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OTTAWA – Canada is bolstering its contribution to humanitarian aid in Iraq as the United States carries out air strikes against Islamic militants in the north of the country.

International Development Minister Christian Paradis says $5 million will go toward new assistance projects in Iraq, with $2.25 going immediately to what the government calls trusted humanitarian partners on the ground.

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The three organizations are the International Red Cross, Mercy Corps and Save The Children Canada.

Paradis said the remaining amount will be spent after officials hear from Canada’s partners in Iraq.

The money is to be used to distribute food, hygiene kits, cooking materials, blankets, tents and other needed supplies.

It is also intended for emergency repairs to essential water and sanitation services and to buy medical supplies.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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