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New lifeline for displaced Syrians as Sheikha Jawaher launches Big Heart for Syrian refugee children campaign

posted on 22/06/2013: 1302 views

With the global community marking World Refugee Day last Thursday, June 20th, Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children - on Wednesday made the Syrian refugee crisis her immediate focus by launching the Big Heart for Syrian refugee children campaign.

According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 1.65 million Syrians have so far fled deplorable living conditions caused by the conflict in their homeland - leading to the separation of family members and a large number of children from their parents.

Appealing to the UAE public and the Arab world to set an inspiring example for the international community, Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi said : "It is tragic that many refugee children are marking their second consecutive World Refugee Day without proper shelter, food and education. Let us not leave them to face another year alone, and rather help them to overcome their situation as refugees and live a better life. During my visits to Syrian refugees in their adopted homeland of Lebanon, I have been deeply touched by the generosity of their Lebanese hosts and the refugees themselves, because they share even the little they have with each other. It is time to show them that we stand by their side and we will spare no effort in giving Syrian refugee families and children the secure life that every human has a right to." This campaign is the latest in a long history of humanitarian efforts in which Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi has helped to raise well over AED100 million (approximately US$30 million). This philanthropy has helped to transform the lives of Palestinian, Lebanese, Syrian and Somali beneficiaries, among many others. Equipped with this experience across the MENA region, Her Highness is now taking her efforts to the global stage in order to raise awareness, contributions and hope worldwide.

Imran Riza, UNHCR Regional Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, expressed UNHCR's appreciation for Sheikha Jawaher's commitment to supporting Syrian refugees.

He said: "We are hopeful that people throughout the UAE and the region will join Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi in sending a clear message of solidarity to Syrian refugees who have been displaced by the on-going conflict. Women and children make up the majority of the Syrian refugee population, and ensuring that they are provided basic humanitarian assistance is a moral imperative. We are very pleased that many refugees will benefit from Her Highness' noble efforts which are geared towards alleviating their suffering and also maintaining their dignity through educational and livelihood programmes." Those who wish to make a difference to the lives of Syrian refugees can assist by typing "donate" and sending to the following SMS Codes (Etisalat): 2000 (AED10), 2002 (AED50), 2003 (AED100); or through Salam Ya Seghar "For Syrian Refugee Children". Bank details: Account number: 0034 430430 012; IBAN: AE5804 100000 3443 04300 12. Contact: +971 6594 1111,+971 6594 1115, +971 6594 1103. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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