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23 Mar 2017 description

Mozambique, on the southeastern coast of Africa may seem far away, but when a cyclone struck in mid-February, aid from Canada was quickly made available.

Cyclone Dineo brought heavy rain, a storm surge and winds of reaching 130 km/h, killing 9 people and affecting close to 700,000 people.

23 Mar 2017 description

"The approach of our government in terms of welcoming (asylum seekers) and the political context in the United States have all been contributing factors"

By Sebastien Malo

NEW YORK, March 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of asylum seekers arrested while crossing over from the United States into Canada has sharply risen this year, following a crackdown by U.S. President Donald Trump on illegal immigrants, migrants and refugees, official data showed.

22 Mar 2017 description

Washington, DC, 20 March 2017 (PAHO/WHO) - The Ministry of Health and Social Services Quebec and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have signed an agreement to engage in joint action on health issues.

The accord calls for cooperation between the two parties in priority areas including health system strengthening, maternal and child health, and addressing the social determinants of health.

18 Mar 2017 description

March 17, 2017 - Toronto, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Canadians have always helped in times of crisis, and Canada’s humanitarian assistance reflects the best of Canadian values.

As a result of conflicts in northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, as well as a devastating drought affecting Somalia, more than 20 million people are facing extreme food insecurity, with famine already declared in parts of South Sudan.

17 Mar 2017 description

The Arab Community Center of Toronto is dedicated to assisting Syrian and Iraqi refugees. With an introduction from the Toronto municipal government, Tzu Chi volunteers worked with them to provide aid to 80 refugee families. This was done in accordance with a Middle Eastern diet as Tzu Chi volunteers procured the emergency aid and boxed it to be delivered to the Toronto Arab Community Center.

15 Mar 2017 description

15 March 2017 – “There is still suffering and much pain - but what keeps us going on is our courage to hope and our continued resilience.” These are the words of Lola Mousa, who originally hails from the countryside near the city of Homs in Syria.

09 Mar 2017 description

Since Jan. 1, several hundred people, mainly from Africa and the Middle East, have defied wintry conditions to cross illegally into Canada

By Rod Nickel and Amran Abocar

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, March 9 (Reuters) - Somali-born Abdulrahman Mohamed was a social worker in Grand Forks, North Dakota, for three years.

He had a U.S. work permit and earned a promotion while waiting for his asylum claim to be heard. He had an apartment and was sending $350 a month to family in a Kenyan refugee camp.

08 Mar 2017 description

By Jonathan Fowler

MONTREAL, Canada, 8 March 2017 – Canadian businesses have joined a UN-backed drive to bolster resilience to natural and human-induced hazards, sending a strong signal during the Americas region’s top disaster risk reduction conference.

04 Mar 2017 description

Funding of $28.5 million over three years will fulfill both urgent and medium-term needs in conflict-affected areas.

Thursday, March 3, Montreal, Quebec—As the sixth anniversary of the Syrian conflict approaches, Development and Peace—Caritas Canada is pleased to announce the continued support of Global Affairs Canada for the organization’s humanitarian aid and sustainability efforts in the Middle East.

The three-year funding of $28.5 million, which will bring relief and hope to nearly 200,000 people, is allocated to Development and Peace as follows:

17 Feb 2017 description

Thursday, 16 February 2017 13:21 GMT

1,000 Rohingya refugees identified as priorities for resettlement on medical grounds or because they have been separated from their family members

By Krishna N. Das

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Feb 16 (Reuters) - The United Nations' refugee agency has asked Bangladesh to allow it to negotiate with the United States, Canada and some European countries to resettle around 1,000 Rohingya Muslims living in the South Asian nation, a senior official at the agency said.

08 Feb 2017 description

Le 8 février 2017 - Port-au-Prince, Haïti - Affaires mondiales Canada

08 Feb 2017 description

February 8, 2017 - Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced five development projects in Haiti. Canada’s health and welfare focus in the country aims to improve the health and rights of women and children, support initiatives in child protection and continue to increase the access to and completion of basic education, with a focus on girls.

07 Feb 2017 description
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Uncertainty caused by Trump’s policies has pushed asylum seekers to take long, risky routes that in one case cost two Ghanian men several fingers to frostbite

A growing number of asylum seekers are braving freezing cold temperatures to walk into Canada from the US, driven by fears of what Donald Trump’s presidency will mean for refugees, advocates say.

31 Jan 2017 description

KASULU – Selected refugees at Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in western Tanzania have received a cash transfer from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), replacing part of their monthly food rations. These refugees now receiving cash in addition to food are part of a three-month pilot programme covering 10,000 refugees. The cash component is being funded by Canada through a CAD 500,000 (US$385,000) contribution to WFP.

31 Jan 2017 description

Ottawa, January 31, 2017 – Inclusivity, diversity and acceptance have taken on a greater meaning in light of recent events around the world. Those values are important to the Humanitarian Coalition, and today we are taking another step to reflect Canada’s multiculturalism and diversity in how Canada comes to the aid of survivors of international crises.

31 Jan 2017 description

Addis Ababa January 31/2017 The response made by the Ethiopian government in curbing the El Nino induced drought over the previous year is commendable and among the best by global standards, Canada’s Ambassador to Ethiopia said.

In an exclusive interview with ENA, Ambassador Philip Baker commended the strong and timely response made by the government and other stakeholders toward mitigating the effects of the drought.

22 Jan 2017 description

19 Jan 2017 Écrit par Niakaling SISSOKO

L’Ambassadeur du Canada au Mali a remis ce matin 19 janvier 2017 les clés de 25 ambulances médicalisées au représentant du Ministre de la santé et de l’Hygiène Publique. La cérémonie a eu lieu au Ministère de la santé et de l’Hygiène Publique en présence de plusieurs personnalités.

20 Jan 2017 description

Slovakia - IOM announced today that over 1,000 refugees have been resettled through Slovakia’s emergency transit facility to the USA, Canada and Norway since 2009.

On Tuesday (17/01), 23 refugees departed from Slovakia and arrived safely in the US, bringing the number of refugees resettled from Slovakia’s Emergency Transit Centre (ETC) in Humenne in other countries to 1,019, with 978 resettled in the United States.

19 Jan 2017 description


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05 Jan 2017 description

BEIRUT – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today transferred US$9.8 million onto the electronic food assistance cards which it provides to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. This funding, from Canada, will benefit more than 310,000 people who depend entirely on humanitarian support.