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Canadian government will match private donations toward Rohingya refugee crisis

Federal government will give to the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund, matching any donations made to Canadian charities helping in the Rohingya crisis until Nov. 28, 2017.

Marie-Claude Bibeau says Ottawa will match private donations made between Aug. 25 and Nov. 28 to charities helping with the Rohingya refugee crisis. The international development minister is urging Canadians to donate generously. (The Canadian Press)

The federal government says that it will match every dollar Canadians donate to registered charities helping the Rohingya refugee crisis until Nov 28. These donations will be made to the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund.

Bangladesh is now hosting the largest refugee camp in the world, said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development.

Two months into the crisis, over 900,000 Rohingya and other minorities have fled the violence in Burma (also known as Myanmar) — with some estimates suggesting the number has crossed a million.

Close to 70 per cent of these refugees are women and children, said Zaid Al-Rawni, CEO of Islamic Relief Canada, who was representing the Humanitarian Coalition at the government’s announcement on Tuesday.

The seven member collation, consisting of Canadian Lutheran World Relief, CARE Canada, Islamic Relief Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada, are celebrating the government’s decision.

“It will have a real impact on the ground, and it will save lives,” said Al-Rawni at the announcement.

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