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Rohingya refugees: Canadian government says it will match charity donations to crisis

Click to play video: 'Thousands of starving Rohingya refugee children scrounge for food in Bangladesh camps' Thousands of starving Rohingya refugee children scrounge for food in Bangladesh camps
ABOVE: According to Unicef, over 300,000 Rohingya children are living in dire conditions in Bangladesh camps where they lack enough food, clean water and health care – Oct 20, 2017

The federal government says it will match private donations made between Aug. 25 and Nov. 28 to Canadian charities helping in the Rohingya refugee crisis.

It said it will make its matching donations to the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund.

READ MORE: 340,000 Rohingya children are starving in refugee camps

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said an additional 600,000 Rohingya, nearly 70 per cent of them women and children, have fled to Bangladesh since August.

She said Bangladesh is now home to the world’s largest refugee camp, with over 900,000 Rohingya and other minorities driven out of Myanmar by ethnic cleansing.

Canada has committed more than $25 million in humanitarian assistance funding for Bangladesh and Myanmar so far this year.

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READ MORE: Ontario provides $1M to humanitarian aid groups assisting Myanmar’s Rohingya

The UN has asked for more than $434 million in response to the crisis but remains well short of the goal.

WATCH: Doctors from Canada treat Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Click to play video: 'Doctors from Canada treat Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh' Doctors from Canada treat Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
Doctors from Canada treat Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh – Oct 29, 2017

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