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Lubna Al Qasimi lauds Khalifa's humanitarian initiatives

posted on 20/06/2015: 1292 views

Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development and Head of the UAE Committee for Coordination of Foreign Humanitarian Aids, said that the sound philosophy of the UAE wise leadership, represented by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces to provide assistance and humanitarian response to refugee crises around the world comes to translate the UAE vision of creating a crisis-free world into action.

Sheikha Lubna asserted that the UAE, in line with the directives of its wise leadership, lays great importance on refugee crises across the different regions of the world, irrespectively of gender, religion, and political considerations.

She went on to say that the pressure of being away from home is very difficult and brings an increasing risk at the humanitarian level, in addition to jeopardizing the active countries and international humanitarian institutions' ability to respond to the challenges associated with increasing asylum cases. She further added that these asylum cases are mainly attributed to the increasing wars and conflicts in several regions of the world, in addition to the natural crises and disasters and climate change, especially in developing countries and poor communities.

On the occasion of the World Refugee day that falls on Saturday June 20th, Her Excellency pointed out that the total value of the aids granted by the UAE in response to humanitarian refugee crises across all regions of the world amounted to over Dh 4.5 billion. This sum was distributed among many crisis-stricken countries around the world, particularly countries and regions undergoing political crises and natural disasters, with increasing displacement rates.

The Report issued yesterday by the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development showed that the value of relief response to refugee crises generally totalled roughly Dh 2.112 billion in the period from 2010 to 2015. This sum was in favour of support and coordination services and dispatch of various relief materials, food aids medical aids, education aids, health aids and water, security and protection.

Also, during this same period, aids worth USD 1,868 billion were sent in support of the Syrian crisis. These aids encompassed the supply of food aids for Syrian refugees in Syria and the neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees and the supply of various relief materials and education, health and water services.

Furthermore, the Report showed that an amount of roughly Dh 181 million was disbursed for the Palestinian refugee crisis over several years and different crises over the past five years, including the Israeli aggression on Gaza. Also, the Report indicated that the UAE sent aids worth Dh 98 million approximately to Yemen including aids in support of the refugee food crises in Yemen, in addition to the recent UAE aids following the political disturbances there.

The United Arab Emirates sent aids worth Dh 27 million in support of the drought spread through the Horn of Africa.

With respect to disease control, MICAD's Report showed that the UAE sent roughly Dh 18 million in response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Also, the value of aids sent to earthquake-battered Nepal totalled Dh 11 million and the UAE aids sent to help communities affected by floods in Myanmar amounted to approximately Dh 10 million. Finally, the UAE has allocated roughly Dh12 million in aid for Pakistan floods and earthquake.


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