CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

August 12, 2009 11:21 ET

Government of Canada Provides Additional Support to Displaced Civilians in Pakistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 12, 2009) -

2 photos are associated with this press release

The Government of Canada will provide an additional $25 million to support current humanitarian efforts in the North West Frontier Province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas, the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister for International Cooperation and Vice-Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Afghanistan, announced today after visiting the Jalozai Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp in Pakistan.

"I have witnessed the impact of the conflict on the displaced families and their struggle to meet their basic needs and am pleased that Canada is increasing its humanitarian assistance," said Minister Oda. "Canada's support will help alleviate the harsh conditions by providing the immediate goods and services needed by affected populations."

Canada's additional humanitarian support will help provide humanitarian food assistance, emergency shelter, water and sanitation facilities, as well as basic health care for affected populations. The additional $25 million will bring Canada's total humanitarian assistance to Pakistan since October 2008 to $33 million.

Pakistan has experienced one of the largest and fastest displacements of people that the world has seen over the past 15 years. The United Nations estimates that more than 2 million people have been displaced into camps and host communities by the conflict between government forces and armed groups in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province. At least 80% of the displaced population is housed outside camps with host families, placing an enormous strain on local resources.

For more information on CIDA programming in Pakistan, please visit http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/pakistan-e.

A backgrounder titled "Government of Canada Humanitarian Announcement for Displaced Civilians in Pakistan" is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/cidaback.pdf

To view the photos, click on the following links:

http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Photo1Highres.JPG - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister for International Cooperation visits a Female Medical Health Corner in Jalozai Internally Displaced Persons Camp run by the Medical Corps of the Pakistani Army, where the World Health Organization provides essential medicines to patients.

http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Photo2hr.JPG - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister for International Cooperation discusses Canada's international assistance to Pakistan, and ongoing relief efforts with Foreign Minister Mehmood Shah Qureshi.

Contact Information

  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    819-953-6534
    media@acdi-cida.gc.ca