Kuwait keeps its ‘gen­er­ous’ hand ex­tended in help­ing those in need

KRCS de­liv­ers aid to thou­sands of Ro­hingya Mus­lims in Dhaka

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 16, (KUNA): Kuwait has main­tained the un­wa­ver­ing ap­proach of aid­ing nations stricken with catas­tro­phes and dis­as­ters, in line with the State for­eign pol­icy, which is fun­da­men­tally based on re­lief sup­port for coun­tries and peo­ples in dif­fi­culty.

Kuwait’s lat­est ex­ter­nal hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sion was in Bangladesh’s fron­tier re­gions where aid was handed over to thou­sands of Ro­hingya Mus­lims who fled their coun­try, Myan­mar, due to sup­pres­sion, ran­dom at­tacks and vi­o­lence.

The Kuwaiti Cabinet had called on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to safe­guard the Ro­hingya from per­se­cu­tion and end­ing their bit­ter plight.

Dr Hi­lal Al-Sayer, Chair­man of the Kuwaiti Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety, who led the Kuwaiti re­lief mis­sion for the Ro­hingya, said the Kuwaiti aid was dis­patched to many Mus­lims in­clud­ing chil­dren and el­derly.

Distributed

For its part, Kuwait-based In­ter­na­tional Al-Rahma Com­mit­tee distributed food at the refugee camps in the bor­der Bangladeshi ar­eas, suf­fi­cient for 16,000 per­sons.

In Iraq, food, heaters and bed­dings were given to re­lo­cated Iraqis near Mo­sul as part of the Kuwaiti hu­man­i­tar­ian cam­paign, “Al-Tara­hom.” Else­where in Iraq, 30 tons of food sup­plies were given to Iraqis re­lo­cated from Tal Afar.

For its part, Kuwait Fund for Arab Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment (KFAED) sent ur­gent aid to Iraq as part of a $100 mil­lion grant. Nawaf Al-Mo­ham­mad, KFAED’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive told KUNA that the fund al­lot­ted $15 mil­lion as ur­gent sup­port for eight Iraqi prov­inces. He in­di­cated that war-de­stroyed med­i­cal cen­ters and clin­ics would be re-built and equipped.

In the Kur­dish re­gion, Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Idris Barzani, dur­ing a meet­ing with the Kuwaiti Gen­eral Con­sul in Ir­bil, Omar AlKan­deri, hailed the State of Kuwait’s hu­man­i­tar­ian ini­tia­tives for re­liev­ing the dis­placed Iraqis.

In Cairo, Com­mis­sioner of the United Nations Re­lief and Works Agency for Pales­tine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Pierre Kra­hen­buhl, lauded gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tions by the State of Kuwait for the agency bud­get.

Ad­dress­ing the 148th Arab League min­is­te­rial ses­sion, he af­firmed that the fi­nan­cial sup­port by Kuwait, Saudi Ara­bia and the UAE helped the UNRWA to main­tain ser­vices in 2015 and 2016. He urged Arab states to fol­low suit and help the agency con­tinue serv­ing some 5.3 mil­lion Pales­tinian refugees. In Am­man, Chair­man of the Kuwait-based In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Char­i­ta­ble Or­ga­ni­za­tion (IICO) Dr Ab­dul­lah Al-Maa­touq un­der­lined Kuwait’s sup­port to the health sec­tor in the Jor­da­nian King­dom, as well as for the aid for the Syr­ian refugees.

In state­ments to KUNA on side­lines of in­au­gu­rat­ing a new ex­ten­sion of King Hus­sein Can­cer Cen­ter in Am­man, Al-Maa­touq, also ad­vi­sor to the Amiri Di­wan, said the cen­ter pro­vides world­class health­care ser­vices to thou­sands of peo­ple from Jor­dan and other Arab coun­tries. He also urged Kuwaiti peo­ple to do­nate to the cen­ter to help it meet the grow­ing treat­ment de­mand.

For his part, Kuwait’s Am­bas­sador in Am­man Ha­mad Al-Duaij said the new build­ing in­cludes a num­ber of fa­cil­i­ties that would im­prove the med­i­cal ser­vices at the cen­ter. He added that Kuwait is one of the main sup­porter for cen­ter ac­tiv­i­ties, es­pe­cially its treat­ment of Syr­ian refugees.

Kuwait Fund for Arab Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment of­fered the cen­ter $1 mil­lion grants in the past two years to treat can­cer pa­tients among Syr­ian refugees. The Kuwait Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety had also do­nated $250,000.

KUNA photo

File photo shows Kuwaiti re­lief aid be­ing de­liv­ered to some of the refugees.

Dr Hi­lal Al-Sayer

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