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Canada boosting aid to Somalia

By The Canadian Press

SURREY, B.C. - The Harper government is setting aside $5 million for UNICEF to address humanitarian needs in Somalia.

International Development Minister Christian Paradis says the funding will help improve the health and well-being of children, women and their families.

UNICEF is currently working to help some 135,000 malnourished children under the age of five and provide essential vaccinations for 2.2 million children.

The United Nations agency is also attempting to improve access to water for 500,000 people and help 180,000 children receive quality education.

Canada’s contribution will primarily target maternal and child deaths, health systems, nutrition and the burden of leading diseases.

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