Canada pledges $3m in humanitarian assistance as violence continues in Ethiopia

Ethiopian refugees line up in a queue waiting to be served |Photo: CGTN

Canada | Press Release

Nov 24, 2020 (Thessherald)–Canada is deeply concerned by the humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Today, the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, announced new support for humanitarian operations in Ethiopia and Sudan in response to the impact of growing conflict.

Canada’s commitment will provide $3 million to experienced humanitarian partners who are providing assistance to people affected by conflict within the Tigray region of Ethiopia and to those who have crossed the border seeking safety in Sudan.

This support will be provided to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, to respond to the urgent needs arising from this rapidly evolving crisis, including for emergency healthcare, shelter and non-food items, water and sanitation, and protection.

“Canada stands alongside our partners to deliver urgent assistance to those affected by this crisis and continues to call on all parties to ensure the protection of civilians, and rapid and unimpeded humanitarian access to those in need.”

Karina Gould, Minister of International Development

The outbreak of the conflict between the Federal Government of Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front on November 3, 2020 has led to a rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation affecting both Ethiopia and neighbouring Sudan.

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Canada welcomes formation of inclusive unity government in S. Sudan

President Salva Kiir Mayardit (Photo/File)

(Thessherald)–The Canadian government on Saturday welcomed the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan, while stressing the importance of peace in the country.

“Canada welcomes the announcement of a Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan. The establishment of an inclusive government is an important step toward national reconciliation and sustainable peace in South Sudan, paving the way for democratic elections, respect for human rights, as well as economic and social development.”

In its statement, the Canadian government commended President Kiir and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar for reaching a consensus on the outstanding issues.

“We recognize the important compromises taken by President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar in this process and hope this marks a step towards peace for the people of South Sudan.”

While the diplomatic office stressed the importance of women’s empowerment in the unity government, it expressed concern about the small number of women chosen by the parties.

“Canada commends the efforts made to empower women, as demonstrated by their greater representation in the new government, even if the numbers fall short of the requirements of the 2018 peace agreement.”

Canada reaffirmed its commitment to partnering with the people of South Sudan and strengthening the country’s military capabilities and peacebuilding efforts.

“Canada is a committed partner of the people of South Sudan, providing our support through development, humanitarian and peacebuilding assistance, including our military contribution to the UN peacekeeping operation in the country.