Aid groups call for Canadian citizens to step up and help Syrians

OTTAWA - Canadian aid groups say it's not just the federal government that needs to increase its efforts to ease the humanitarian crisis brought on by the nearly five-year-old Syrian civil war.

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They say ordinary Canadians must also step up.

World leaders are in London today to solicit billions for relief efforts in Syria and the surrounding countries coping with an influx of millions of refugees.

Canada's international development minister is among them, but what more the Liberal government may do isn't likely to be known until the roll out of its overall plan to combat ISIS.

Nicolas Moyer of the Humanitarian Coalition says federal government is already among the world's major donors, but Canadians themselves are not responding on the same scale as they have to past crises.

He says he hopes the rapidly approaching deadline for private donations to be matched by the government will spur Canadians to give more to help the 11 million people displaced by the war.


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