Joint statement on Minister Bibeau’s visit to Bangladesh | Humanitarian Coalition

Joint statement on Minister Bibeau’s visit to Bangladesh

November 23, 2017
The seven members of the Humanitarian Coalition are grateful for the Government of Canada’s continued leadership in raising critical awareness of the ongoing Rohingya crisis and pursuing a political solution while ensuring humanitarian aid is available to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people affected.

The Minister of International Development and La Francophonie recently visited Bangladesh for a first-hand look at the situation on the ground, and was accompanied by a representative of the Humanitarian Coalition.

“We are grateful we could introduce Minister Bibeau to some of the brave Rohingya mothers in Bangladesh. These women showed us that parents will overcome overwhelming challenges for the good of their children. It is important to show how the generosity of Canadians is helping Rohingya children and their families” said Bill Chambers, board member of the Humanitarian Coalition and President and CEO of Save the Children, currently on the ground in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Together, the members of the Humanitarian Coalition have distributed more than 420,000 emergency food packages and have provided water, sanitation and hygiene support to close to 200,000 people. But the needs are so great that more is needed.

The situation on the ground remains critical. Canadians can ensure life-saving aid is available to Rohingya families by making a donation before November 28, 2017 and taking advantage of the Government of Canada’s Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund, which will match donations made to eligible Canadian NGOs. The Humanitarian Coalition is Canada’s only joint appeal response for international disasters and emergencies. Its members are Canadian Lutheran World Relief, CARE Canada, Islamic Relief Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan International Canada and Save the Children Canada.


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The Humanitarian Coalition (HC) brings together leading aid organizations to provide Canadians with a simple and effective way to donate during large-scale humanitarian emergencies. The HC also partners with Global Affairs Canada to enable its member agencies to respond to lesser-known small and medium-scale disasters.