The Canadian International Development Aid Agency (CIDA) has pledged a total of US$4.2 million in humanitarian aid to causes in Myanmar.
At the All Burma Ethnic Cultural Event on June 8, Oxfam Canada, UNICEF and several other charities were allocated funds from the package towards their respective humanitarian efforts in the Southeast Asian country.
"Despite some recent positive political developments in Burma [Myanmar], the humanitarian situation in many border areas of the country remains very difficult," said Canadian Minister of State Tim Uppal in a statement following the event.
"Canada’s support will help to ensure that life-saving humanitarian assistance including food, water, shelter and protection is provided to the most vulnerable people affected by the conflict," he said.
The aid packages will go towards food, education, training, sanitation and basic supplies for IDPs across Rakhine, Kachin and Myanmar’s southernmost states.
"I would like to convey my heartfelt appreciation to the Government of Canada for Canada’s commitment in providing crucial humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people in Burma’s ethnic regions," said Zaw Kyaw, spokesperson for the Burma Ethnic Network-Canada.
This article was amended on June 11, 2013.