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RCS distributes relief to Afghan people

posted on 24/10/2001: 591 views

(WAM) The UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) distributed today foodstuff to Kabul citizens for the second consecutive day. The operation was conducted in collaboration with the Afghanistan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) after a 150-tonne relief convoy arrived in Kabul yesterday after facing huge difficulties. The RCS toured a number of hospitals to assess their needs from medical supplies so as to be met later as part of the RCS campaign to alleviate suffering of the Afghan people. The tour also included orphanages and handicapped care centres.

Sid Abdullah Mohajir, ARCS Chairman, paid tribute to President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and UAE people for their generous assistance to Afghan refugees. Mohammed Rumaithi, RCS board member and head of the RCS delegation, said that the human situation in Afghanistan was very critical and there is a desperate need for urgent relief supplies to help the needy population who were facing hunger, poverty and homelessness. 'The RCS is the only relief agency after the International Red Cross Society to rush relief aid to Kabul,' he said, adding that additional relief aid would be airlifted in the coming days. He affirmed that the RCS would spare no effort to secure requirements of refugees in order to ease their plight.

Dr. Saleh Al Taie, RCS's Relief Co-ordinator, said that the Kabul population was in desperate need for food and medical supplies, and appealed to the international community to rush more assistance. He added that the relief aid given to the population today included flour, rice and edible oils. Dr. Saleh Al Taie went on to say that the food, health; social and environmental conditions of the Kabul population were deteriorating due to the lack of food and medical supplies. 'The RCS will continue sending relied aid to Afghanistan. Large quantities of blankets, tents and foodstuff were bought from Pakistani local markets,' he said. A meeting was also held today with the ARCS to discuss and co-ordinate relief operations. (WAM)


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