September 17, 2015 4:16 pm
Updated: September 17, 2015 4:20 pm

Manitoba government is pledging more money to help Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees who came to Canada last December, Hanan Alawwad, second left, and her husband Samer Aldhmad stand with their children Nour Aldhmad, 4, from left to right, Omar Aldhmad, 1, Ayman Aldhmad, 7, and Nawwar Aldhmad, 3.

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WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government is putting up more money to help Syrian refugees.

Premier Greg Selinger says $200,000 is being given immediately to groups helping the refugees on the front lines overseas.

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The province is also promising more money for support programs, health care and other items for refugees who come to Manitoba.

Selinger says the funding could reach $1.4 million if the federal government agrees to increase the number of refugees it will admit.

The non-profit Manitoba Council for International Cooperation days the new money will help address an urgent need for humanitarian aid to Syrians fleeing their homeland.

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