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UAE charity to set up refugee camp

posted on 17/10/2001: 640 views

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation has obtained permission to set up a refugee camp inside Afghanistan. It is the first charitable organisation to be allowed by the authorities in Afghanistan to operate in the war-torn country. Ibrahim Mohammed Bu Melha, Deputy Chairman of the foundation's trustees council, said the foundation had made a step forward to render relief to the Afghan people who are stranded along the country's border with Pakistan. He said a delegation, headed by trustees council member Abdul Rahman bin Subeih, had been sent to Afghanistan to acquaint itself with the assistance required and succeeded in obtaining approval from the authorities in Afghanistan to set up relief camps under the direct supervision of the foundation, near the border city of Quetta to render direct medical assistance, food and other humanitarian services to refugees. He said the foundation is trying to finish the formalities and will start setting up the first camp next week. It is expected to be finished within 10 days and a second camp will be established immediately after the first is completed. Each camp will include tents to accommodate 10,000 refugees, toilets, a clinic, a mosque, water wells and other utilities.

Meanwhile, according to a WAM report from Islamabad, a delegation from the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) led by board member Mohammad Habroosh Al Rumaithi, arrived in the Pakistani capital yesterday to complete procedures for building a camp for Afghan refugees who are fleeing to Peshawar. He said aid to the Afghan refugees was ordered by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces with the follow up of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and the RCS president.

"The four-phase camp will be built in a new location allotted by the Pakistani government with each stage accommodating 10,000 refugees who will be provided with basic services," he added. He explained that he delegation would buy tents, food supplies, blankets and medicines from Pakistani local markets. He stressed that the team would exert utmost efforts to complete building the camp as quickly as possible and distribute relief supplies before the fall of winter. (The Gulf News)


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