Kuwait do­nates $4 mil­lion to UNICEF’s ac­tiv­i­ties in Syria

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

NEW YORK: Kuwait an­nounced it has do­nated $4 mil­lion in sup­port of the ac­tiv­i­ties of the United Na­tions In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Emer­gency Fund (UNICEF) in Syria and sur­round­ing coun­tries. Kuwait’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN Am­bas­sador Man­sour Al-Otaibi said that he handed the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of UNICEF An­thony Lake the do­na­tion to al­le­vi­ate the suf­fer­ings of Syr­ian peo­ple in need with­out be­ing bi­ased to any par­tic­u­lar party.

Kuwait’s hu­man­i­tar­ian con­tri­bu­tions re­flect the strong bond with UN and its var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions, he said. Since the out­break of the cri­sis in the war-torn coun­try six years ago, Kuwait of­fered vi­tal and suf­fi­cient relief ma­te­ri­als through the UN bod­ies, he added.

The UNICEF’s Re­gional Di­rec­tor for the Mid­dle East and North Africa in press re­marks ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion as be­ing one of the largest donor to chil­dren af­fected by the Syr­ian cri­sis. With the largest Kuwaiti do­na­tion es­ti­mated at nearly $5 mil­lion, the to­tal do­na­tions of­fered to UNICEF hit USD 139 mil­lion since 2013, he said.

Kuwait of­fered great fund­ing and hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to the Syr­ian cri­sis in the fields of ed­u­ca­tion, health, nu­tri­tion, he af­firmed. UNICEF along with its part­ners suc­ceeded in of­fer­ing aid to 14 mil­lion peo­ple in Syria, Jor­dan, Le­banon, Turkey, and Egypt, he added.

UNICEF of­fered so­cial and psy­cho­log­i­cal sup­port through the ini­tia­tive of ‘No Lost Gen­er­a­tion’ for more than one mil­lion Syr­ian chil­dren, he said. The role Kuwait played in ral­ly­ing in­ter­na­tional sup­port to the Syr­ian cri­sis de­serves great ap­pre­ci­a­tion, he added. —KUNA

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