MCC, Foodgrains Bank excited about federal Syrian relief fund

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Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) welcomes the announcement from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) of the creation of the Syria Emergency Relief Fund, which will match donations from individual Canadians toward relief efforts in the region. MCC appeals to the Canadian public for donations in support of its ongoing humanitarian response to this crisis. “MCC partners in the region have pointed to a direct connection between the decrease of humanitarian relief funding and the rise in numbers of displaced people risking dangerous journeys to Europe and elsewhere,” says Bruce Guenther, MCC’s disaster response director. Adds John Longhurst, who directs resource and public engagement for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, “Right now, millions of people have been displaced from their homes. They are struggling to survive away from their homes and livelihoods, and as the war continues on, their sense of hope for an end to the war is diminishing. “I hope the match from the Canadian government will spur many more Canadians to donate to help people affected by the conflict.” The Government of Canada has already committed $503.5 million in international humanitarian assistance funding in response to the Syrian crisis. To donate, visit either  donate.mcccanada.ca/Syria or foodgrainsbank.ca/campaigns/Syria.  —From MCC, Canadian Foodgrains Bank releases

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