Canada Reiterates Support For Lebanese People
Canada on Wednesday reiterated its support for the Lebanese people. Canada was one of the many countries to offer Lebanon immediate aid in the wake of the explosion, providing at the time $20 million in humanitarian assistance.
An additional $10 million to aid early recovery was also provided, according to a new statement from the government.
“This included the Government of Canada matching $8 million generously donated by Canadians to the Lebanon Matching Fund to support the humanitarian needs of people whose lives have been affected by the disaster. The funding is helping families and supporting small-scale farmers and the local food chain,” the joint statement from Minister of Foreign Affairs Marc Garneau and Minister of International Development Karina Gould reads.
The statement adds Canada will be donating $20 million to the World Banks’ Lebanon Financing Facility, which aims to help the socio-economic recovery of the country’s people and businesses.
“Canada will always remember that this explosion killed at least 200 people, including children, wounded thousands, displaced 300,000 people, and destroyed half the city,” the statement continues. “As we grieve, our hearts are with the victims’ loved ones, who still await a full investigation. This was a devastating blow to Lebanon as it struggled with an ongoing socio-economic crisis made worse by the global pandemic. Canada reiterates its call for a full and transparent investigation into, and accountability for, the explosion in the Port of Beirut.”