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RCS's relief convoy of 120 tonnes heads to Jalalabad

posted on 23/10/2001: 639 views

The UAE Red Cross Society (RCS) had trucked 120 tonnes of relief supplies from Peshawar in Pakistan to Jalalabad in Afghanistan despite the huge difficulties to reach there. The RCS is launching a wide-scale relief campaign to help Afghan refugees in implementation of instructions of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to rush urgent assistance to them.

The convoy was organised in collaboration with Afghan Red Crescent Society and Pakistan-based Afghan Refugees Commission. Mohammed Habroosh Al Rumaithi, RCS board member and head of the RCS delegation, said the relief supplies included flour, edible oil, rice, sugar, baby milk and lentil. 'This was the first consignment in the RCS's campaign to help Afghan refugees who are facing miserable conditions because of the war in their country,' he said, adding that a second convoy of 150 tonnes would head toward Kabul tomorrow. He said that large quantities food stuff, tents and blankets were purchased from Pakistani markets to be stored in Peshawar prior to their distribution to Afghan refugees.

Dr. Saleh Al Taie, RCS Relief Co-ordinator, said the team would, during the visit, distribute relief materials to Afghan families, and to the wounded and injured and would tour hospitals to assess their needs from medical supplies. He also urged relief and humanitarian organisations to join forces to alleviate the suffering of the Afghan people. Representative of Afghan Red Crescent Society in Peshawar Nour Sadat paid tribute to Sheikh Zayed and UAE people for their humanitarian initiative toward the Afghan people. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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