Canada is dispatching $2.75 million in humanitarian aid to northern Iraq, where an estimated 1.3 million people are affected by brutal attacks by the extremist group ISIS. Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images
Canada is dispatching $2.75 million in humanitarian aid to northern Iraq, International Development Minister Christian Paradis said today in Ottawa.
The funding is part of a broader $5-million announcement made three weeks ago. An initial $2.25 million in funding was strictly a cash contribution distributed by relief groups on the ground.
The $2.75 million announced Friday is to be spent on humanitarian supplies heading to the region through a Canadian government-funded warehouse managed by the Red Cross in Dubai.
The supplies are destined for Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq that has seen savage attacks by the Islamic State (ISIS) over the past few months.
The new money is being split as follows:
- $1 million for the organization Development and Peace.
- $750,000 for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
- $750,000 for Save the Children Canada.
- $250,000 for Mercy Corps.
The supplies include blankets, tents and mosquito nets, kitchen sets, and basic hygiene items like toothpaste, razors and feminine hygiene products.
Aid is badly needed in the area besieged by the incursion of ISIS militants. An estimated 1.3 million people are affected.
The first $2.25 million, announced Aug. 10, was split between the ICRC ($1 million), Mercy Corps ($750,000) and Save the Children Canada ($500,000).
Canada also has contributed two military aircraft — a Hercules and a Globemaster, both based in Cyprus — to help ferry military supplies and hardware to Iraqi army and Kurdish forces battling ISIS in northern Iraq.
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