New aid pledges from Germany and Canada are set to provide some relief to Syrian refugees in Jordan, whose numbers have now risen to more than 150,000.
Germany will be allocating 8.5 million euros ($10.46 million) to improve water supply in northern Jordan. This will be coursed through Jordan’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation. The remaining 1.5 million euros will be given to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees for health care needs of the displaced Syrians, according to a press release.
The announcement was made during Dirk Niebel’s one-day trip to Jordan Monday (Aug. 13), just two days after Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s visit to the host country. Baird also announced new aid to Jordan worth 6.5 million Canadian dollars ($6.5 million), and an additional 2 million Canadian dollars to Canadian Relief for Syria, a relief group who has not yet achieved full charitable status, thestar.com reports
There were also concerns that the group is tied with Human Concern International, an aid organization once alleged to have been involved in terrorist activities. But Rick Roth, Baird’s press secretary, told thestar.com that “no taxpayer funds will be provided to Human Concern International.”
Canada’s new Minister for International Cooperation Julian Fantino also pledged $1.5 million in humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees. This will be channeled through the U.N. World Food Program, according to a press release.
U.N. Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, meanwhile, will be arriving in Syria on Tuesday (Aug. 14). She will be meeting with Syrian authorities, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and other aid agencies to discuss emergency aid to civilians, Reuters reports.
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