On May 10, Canada announced $229.15 million in humanitarian help for Syrians. According to a news release on the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’, this is the case.

According to the announcement, “S. Sajjan, Canada’s Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency, said today that Canada has committed $229.15 million in financing for humanitarian help and development in Syria and the region this year.”

The statement added, “The calamity in Syria and neighbouring countries continues to hurt millions of people.”

Canada also thanked Turkey and a number of other countries for their “kind support” in hosting so many Syrian refugees, including Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon, and committed to continue working with the international community and Syrians to “end the crisis through a durable political settlement.”

According to the ministry, Canada attended “the sixth summit in Brussels, Belgium, on the support to be provided for the future of Syria and the countries in the region” on May 9 and 10.

The conference’s main focus, according to the statement, was on “response measures to meet the immediate needs of millions of people in the region and support for a permanent political solution to the Syrian war.” 

“A total of $169.15 million in humanitarian assistance will enable individuals affected by the crisis meet their basic needs,” the ministry says of the figure announced.

“The remaining $60 million will go toward development assistance in the region,” the text concludes, “with a focus on empowering women and girls, promoting gender equality, supporting effective and accountable governance, and improving the quality and sustainability of gender-responsive social services, including education.”

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