Canadians have donated $12.5M to Myanmar refugee crisis, government intends to match it

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau.
International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canadians have donated a total of $12.5 million towards easing the refugee crisis in Myanmar, a sum the federal government intends to match.

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Bibeau says the federal money will go to humanitarian agencies helping refugees in camps and settlements in Bangladesh and those displaced within Myanmar.

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She says an additional 600,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly women and children, have poured into Bangladesh since the end of August, doubling the exodus from Myanmar.

The minister says the federal government has now contributed more than $37.5 million to the crisis so far.

Canada’s aid will go towards addressing the needs of women and girls, including survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, pregnant and nursing women and woman-headed households.

The effort will include sexual and reproductive health services, as well as psycho-social counselling.

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