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UAE RCS delegation arrives in Nairobi

posted on 13/02/2006: 720 views

Nairobi - A delegation of the UAE Red Crescent Society arrived here yesterday headed by Director of the RCS Department of Relief and Emergency Dr. Saleh Al- Ta'ee to offer emergency relief to people in the drought-stricken Kenyan-Ethiopian-Somali border areas, once distinguished by fertile lands.

The delegation was received at Nairobi airport by Hon Rafael Tuju, Kenyan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mousa Kari Kombo Minister of State for Internal Affairs and officials from the Kenyan Red Crescent Society.

In a statement to WAM, the Kenyan Foreign Minister lauded the generous initiative by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of RCS, and his rapid response and instructions to immediately send relief consignments by land, air and sea to people struck by the drought.

The death of camels, cows, lambs and goats, he indicated, has become phenomenal along with malnourished people due to the scarcity of food and water.

The bones of dead humans have mixed with those of the animals, he said, adding that the Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki appealed for the help from leaders of friendly countries to save millions of Muslims in the areas hit by the drought, and that the president was happy at the rapid response of UAE.

Tuju further confirmed that concerned officials in the country were ready to brief the UAE RCS delegation on the bad situation which went out of control of the Kenyan Government and the governments of the neighbouring countries.

The Kenyan minister said the government and the philanthropic people of the UAE could offer food and clothes at present, and in the future could set up projects like dams, wells and water ducts in addition to building mosques, houses and fighting epidemics which hit the people and animals.

He lauded the initiative last October by the UAE RCS to treat, through the Open Heart Program, 250 patients whose condition is good now. They thank the leaders and people of UAE and wish them the best.

He went on to say that the UAE RCS donated in June 2005 sixty tonnes of food stuff to thousands of orphans and poor people. Tuju and other cabinet members conveyed to the RCS delegation the gratitude of the Kenyan President to the leadership and people of UAE.

The RCS delegation started yesterday a 700- kilometre journey to the affected areas. For his part, Dr. Saleh Al- Ta'ee has called on philanthropic people in UAE to rush to help their Muslim brothers who are living in a real catastrophe, indicating that he would deliver a comprehensive report to Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan about the scale of the tragedy. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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