Canadian government to match charitable donations for Rohingya crisis

Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says government will match donations made between Aug. 25 – Nov. 28

The Canadian government is stepping up its humanitarian effort on the Rohingya refugee crisis, announcing Tuesday that it would match every eligible donation made by individual Canadians to registered charities between Aug. 25 and Nov. 28.

“In the face of this crisis, I know that Canadians want to help. They want to do their part,” said Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau. “The needs on the ground are huge, particularly for women and children who represent 70 per cent of new refugees since August.”

“I invite all Canadians to be generous…your donations will save lives and will help more than 900,000 refugees to recover their sense of dignity until they are able to return to their homes to live, hopefully, in peace and security,” Bibeau said.

The United Nations refugee agency estimates that since Aug. 25, more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled violence in Myanmar and are now in Bangladesh, joining an existing Rohingya refugee population of roughly 300,000. The latest surge follows a brutal Myanmar army-led campaign against the Muslim-minority population that the UN human rights chief has described as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

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