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First phase of relief project in progress

posted on 10/08/2011: 950 views

The Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment has purchased and shipped 960 tonnes of foodstuff from Ethiopia to Somalia in the first phase of its relief project announced last week.

A team from the establishment headed to Addis Ababa and the refugee camps on the Somali-Ethiopian borders to get first-hand information about the humanitarian disaster affecting thousands of Somali families who are suffering famine as a result of drought and conflict.

The team includes Saleh Zaher Saleh, director of the establishment, Khalid Abdul Wahhab Al Khaja, deputy director of Dar Al Ber Society's Ajman branch, and others, who purchased the food from Ethiopian markets and shipped it to Somalia in 24 trucks with a capacity of 40 tonnes each.

The trucks started their two-day trip along the 928km unpaved road from Addis Ababa to the border region of Dolo on Sunday.

Upon their arrival, the team will supervise the distribution of aid to about 20,000 displaced families.

The food baskets to be given to each family includes 25kg of rice, 10kg of flour, 5kg of sugar and three litres of oil, which would be expected to last for a month, said Ebrahim Bu Melha, adviser for Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs to His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Chairman of the Establishment.

About 100 tonnes of oral re-hydration fluid have also been sent to help dehydrated children who are suffering from diarrhoea as a result of a lack of nutrition and hygiene in the packed camps. The team will also supervise the digging of 50 dug wells and ten underground water wells, to provide water for drinking and sanitation.

How to help

Donations for Somalia can be made through the establishment's Dubai Islamic Bank account 001-520-6066666-01 or Dar Al Bir Society's branches and stands. – Gulf News


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