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Christian Paradis, UNICEF announce more aid for Iraqi children

10/17/2014 11:51 EDT | Updated 12/17/2014 05:59 EST
International Development Minister Christian Paradis is meeting with Anthony Lake, the executive director of UNICEF, and the heads of other NGOs today to plan and execute Canada's response to the humanitarian crisis caused by ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Paradis and Lake are expected to provide details on a Canadian government-funded UNICEF initiative targeted to help Iraqi children.

When Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Canada's combat mission to Iraq, the government also pledged $10 million to provide services and treatment for Syrian and Iraqi refugees who have been victims of sexual abuse.

Since the start of 2014, Canada has committed $28.9 million to help Iraqis and Syrians affected and displaced by the violence from ISIS extremists.

The Canadian government is delivering its aid through partners such as UN humanitarian agencies, the Red Cross and other humanitarian aid organizations like those meeting in Ottawa.

The projects focus on providing health care, shelter, education and food for refugees and other displaced civilians in northern Iraq.

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