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$32M raised by Canadians to help Syrians, to be matched by government

Amount falls well short of the $100 million the federal government said they would match


 
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, greets new Syrian refugees Georgina Zires, centre, 16 month-old Madeleine Jamkossian, second right, and her father Kevork Jamkossian at Pearson International airport in Toronto on Friday, December 11, 2015. (Nathan Denette/CP)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, greets new Syrian refugees at Pearson International airport in Toronto on Friday, December 11, 2015. (Nathan Denette, CP)

OTTAWA — Canadians donated $32 million for aid to Syria under a matching program launched last fall.

The amount falls well short of the $100 million the federal government —first the Conservatives, then the Liberals — said they would match.

But the Liberals say they will make up the difference and allocate an additional $68 million for humanitarian relief in the region.

The $32 million will go to UNICEF for education opportunities in Syria and Jordan.

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says the world can’t afford to lose the potential of an entire generation of Syrians because their right to education has been taken away by way.

The rest of the money will be spread among other organizations active in the region.

 


 

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