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May 07, 2013
Canada is helping Somalis most in need
LONDON, U.K. — Somalis and Somali refugees will receive lifesaving humanitarian assistance from Canada, announced Ted Opitz, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Centre, speaking behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, while participating in the Conference on Somalia today in London, United Kingdom.

"Canada is lending a helping hand to address the immediate needs of the most vulnerable people in Somalia, as well as of Somali refugees in Kenya," said Mr. Opitz. "Canadian values of compassion and concern for those facing acute malnutrition and displacement are expressed in this urgent assistance."

Humanitarian emergencies caused by conflict affect large numbers of people, cause extensive human suffering, are extremely difficult to resolve, and undermine long-term development efforts. Canada's assistance will help provide food, water, and shelter to those most in need.

"Canada is a compassionate neighbour," said Minister Fantino. "This humanitarian assistance for Somalis represents the best of Canadian values and will help stave off the chronic drought and conflict."

Canada provides humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people facing natural disasters and conflicts. Economic Action Plan 2013 reaffirms Canada's commitment to international development investments and humanitarian assistance. The new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development will maintain the mandate of poverty alleviation and help Canada achieve greater efficiency, accountability, and focus to continue to improve the lives of people in need around the world.

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