Canada pledges $5M more in humanitarian aid to Iraq

Kurdish Peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State...

Kurdish Peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in a village on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh near the border province of Dohuk, August 9, 2014. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

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Canada is giving an additional $5 million in humanitarian aid to Iraq, Minister of International Development Christian Paradis announced Sunday.

Three "trusted" humanitarian organizations already on the ground with receive $2.25 million right away, Paradis said.

International Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement will immediately receive $1 million, Save the Children Canada will get $750,000 and $500,000 will go to Mercy Corps.

The remaining $2.75 million will be handed out to other groups following talks with "our partners in Iraq," Paradis said in a statement.

"Canada continues to stand by the people of Iraq in these difficult times and condemns the terrorist actions of ISIS and the killing of innocent civilians in northern Iraq in the strongest possible terms," Paradis said. "Canada will continue working closely with our allies to determine how we can best continue to support the needs of Iraqi civilians, particularly religious minorities."

Canada's assistance package will help by distributing food, hygiene kits, cooking materials, blankets, tents, medical supplies and other essential supplies as well as making emergency repairs to essential water and sanitation facilities and improving access to information, Paradis said.

So far this year, Canada has provided more than $16 million to help meet the humanitarian needs in Iraq, of which $6.8 million is for those affected by civil unrest and $9.5 million for Syrian refugees. Iraq was added to the list of Canada's development country partners in June.


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