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Sheikha Fatima expresses concern about deteriorating situation in Horn of Africa

posted on 08/04/2006: 831 views

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak has expressed grave concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in a number of countries in the Horn of Africa region, where people are suffering from famine as a result of the severe drought and desertification that has devastated the region.

In a statement on the situation in that disaster-stricken region, Sheikha Fatima said the situation on the African continent warns of great danger unless serious efforts were made to arrest the situation through concerted regional and international humanitarian efforts to improve the situation of the victims and to attract world attention to the ongoing tragedy.

Sheikha Fatima urged all countries and international organisations to live up to their full responsibilities towards the famine victims by paying proper attention to "this humanitarian disaster which is threatening the lives of millions of people." She called for concerted efforts and coordinated action to end hunger in Africa through an ambitious programme that would meet the requirements of the affected people and by executing development project that would solve once and for all the problem of acute water shortage in the affected region.

She said women and children were the most affected in the disaster so their condition must be taken into serious consideration and better care must be provided for them to protect them from the dangers of poverty, hunger, disease and displacement, adding that the African women continue to bear the brunt of the bad conditions born out of numerous conflicts and natural disasters on the African continent.

"Standing by these weak and helpless people in their predicaments is a humanitarian duty enshrined by our Islamic religion and Arab tradition. This duty is not confined to a particular border or country because humanity has no border or language," She said. "As a matter of fact, I feel sad and distressed for what is happening to those people on the Dark Continent, those people who are paying dearly and are being overwhelmed by crisis from all sides," she added.

She commended the UAE Red crescent Society (RCS) for its continuous support for the affected people and urged the RCS to intensify its efforts and humanitarian role on the African continent. She also urged philanthropists and the good people of the UAE to respond positively to the special humanitarian campaign launched by the RCS in support of the affected people in Africa. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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