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Canada continues humanitarian support in Libya

June 14, 2011

Rome, Italy—The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced additional humanitarian assistance for the people affected by the crisis in Libya.

"The situation in Libya remains volatile, as thousands of people remain in need of ongoing assistance within and beyond Libyan borders," said Minister Oda. "Access continues to be difficult as the need for food, water, sanitation, protection services and medical supplies increases."

"Canada was among the first to respond, and we are continuing to work to meet the most pressing needs of the people affected by the violence."

Today's announcement supports the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), together with the Red Crescent Societies of Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. It will also assist the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to protect women and girls from gender-based violence (GBV)—including sexual assault—and provide critical care to GBV survivors in Libya.

The ICRC will provide emergency assistance for up to 780,000 affected people in Libya as well as for those who have fled into neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt. This assistance will include food and non-food items, water, sanitation and primary health care.

UNFPA, through targeted protection intervention and assistance programs, will help up to 50,000 women and girls in Libya who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing GBV.

CIDA is providing $1.75 million to the ICRC and $250,000 to UNFPA. This sum builds on Canada's earlier action to support the efforts of the International Organization for Migration, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Canadian Red Cross Society and the United Nations World Food Programme.

Today's announcement raises Canada's total humanitarian assistance in response to the crisis in Libya to $10.6 million.

For more information on Canada's support to Libya, please visit CIDA's website.

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Justin Broekema
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