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UAE opens Afghan Refugees camp in Pakistan

posted on 30/11/2001: 648 views

(WAM) In line with the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the follow up of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and President of the UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, a UAE relief camp for Afghan refugees was opened on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan yesterday by Ali Mohammed Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan. The UAE Ambassador supervised the arrival of the first batch of Afghan refugees who suffer from diseases, shortage of food and clothes.

The RCS delegation in co-operation with the United Nations Higher Commissioner for refugees, UNHCR, transported around 300 refugees in tens of trucks rented by the society for this purpose. Once arrived, RCS committees began the classification and distribution of families on 500 equipped tents. They also supplied them with food, blankets and other relief supplies. The UAE camp is expected to house 300 families daily. In a statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, Al Shamsi hailed President Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Khalifa for their support for Muslim people, pointing out that this gesture wan not new for Sheikh Zayed. Al Shamsi said that the humanitarian campaign, which was ordered by Sheikh Zayed to help Afghan refugees, comes as part of the President's policy to help needy peoples all around the world. He added that the opening of the camp was in implementation of the directives of Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Khalifa with the follow up of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed to offer shelter, food and medicines to Afghan refugees to ease their suffering. The UAE Ambassador also praised Sheikh Hamdan for his continuous follow up to the campaign. (WAM)


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