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UAE donates over Dh15m to refugees

posted on 22/10/2001: 786 views

The UAE has contributed over Dh15 million this month to help refugees in Afghanistan who are suffering from the impact of war. Two enormous camps that will provide shelter and food to over a million refugees are also being built in Shimen and Quetta in Pakistan by the UAE. Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, donated $2 million for Afghan refugees as part of his aid campaign earlier this month.

The money is being used to build camps for refugees by the Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation in cooperation with other charity organisations. As the first big step of this campaign, the foundation is currently setting up a refugee camp in Quetta to provide direct medical assistance, food and other humanitarian services to refugees. It is expected to be finished within 10 days and a second camp will be established after that. Each facility will be able to cope with 10,000 refugees. Ibrahim Mohammed Bu Melha, deputy chairman of the charity foundation, has said 100 camps will be built to shelter a million refugees, with each consisting of 1,500 tents, a clinic, 50 wells and 100 toilets.

The Red Crescent Society, in line with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is also actively involved in the worldwide relief campaign spearheaded by the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Federation. They are working to set up a refugee camp for 40,000 refugees in Shimen, on the Pakistani side of the border as waves of refugees continue to flood to the area.

A special delegation from the society in the UAE has bought tents, food and other necessary items from the Pakistani market worth Dh2.233 million for the camp. Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the President's wife and chairwoman of the UAE Women's Federation, has donated Dh5 million to the UAE Red Crescent Society for its relief work to help Afghan refugees. Medecins Sans Frontiers has also sent three planeloads of relief aid from the UAE this month, containing 115 tons of medical aid, tents, vehicles and other necessities. The charity, which has been working in Afghanistan since 1979, is currently fundraising to support its extensive refugee programme in the country. (The Gulf News)


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