Kuwait calls for re­liev­ing refugees’ chil­dren

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

GENEVA: The State of Kuwait has voiced deep re­gret that dra­matic events in the Arab world has “un­der­mined sta­bil­ity of our re­gion wast­ing time and ef­forts at the ex­pense of devel­op­ment of our home­lands.”

Am­bas­sador Ja­mal Al-Ghuneim, the State of Kuwait Per­ma­nent Del­e­gate to the United Na­tions, who was ad­dress­ing a ses­sion held by the UN Higher Com­mis­sioner for Refugees, said this meet­ing is be­ing con­vened in shadow of rapid devel­op­ments that have jeop­ar­dized “sta­bil­ity of our re­gion wast­ing time and effort at ex­pense of de­vel­op­ing our home­land, thus ag­gra­vat­ing the chal­lenges we have been fac­ing.”

Shed­ding light, in par­tic­u­lar, on plight of the refugees and their chil­dren, the State of Kuwait Am­bas­sador called for col­lec­tive in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to seek to re­solve the ex­ist­ing re­gional con­flicts and boost­ing ef­forts for pro­tect­ing the im­pov­er­ished chil­dren who have been ex­ploited and traded.

Num­ber of the dis­placed and refugees in the Mid­dle East­ern trou­bled coun­tries has alarm­ingly soared as a re­sult of ran­dom ab­duc­tion of civil­ians, namely chil­dren, many of whom have been co­erced to carry the gun and fight, Am­bas­sador Ghuneim said. “The figure of the refugees and asy­lum seek­ers has soared to un­prece­dented and hor­rific lev­els,” he stressed.

Op­pres­sion and poverty have prompted many refugees to trek for sake of safety, how­ever many have lost their life while strug­gling to sur­vive, he said, not­ing that more than 7,000 peo­ple have drowned to death in the Mediterranean while flee­ing their trou­bled home­lands. This sit­u­a­tion war­rants a uni­fied in­ter­na­tional stance to re­solve these con­flicts and crises that have been drag­ging on, the State of Kuwait del­e­gate stated.

Am­bas­sador Ghuneim called for ur­gent mea­sures to pro­tect un­ac­com­pa­nied chil­dren in their trou­bled home­lands, tran­sit and asy­lum coun­tries, not­ing the need for fa­cil­i­ties to help those who have be­come alone due to the war cir­cum­stances to re-unite with their par­ents and fam­i­lies. He lauded coun­tries and com­mu­ni­ties host­ing the refugees, bear­ing brunt of mount­ing eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity hard­ships, sin­gling out the UNHCR for re­liev­ing vic­tims of wars and con­flicts.

Keen on back­ing the UNHCR, the State of Kuwait, since 2008, has dou­bled its re­lief al­lo­ca­tions for the UN agen­cies, thus be­com­ing the num­ber-one con­trib­u­tor to these re­lief or­ga­ni­za­tions. It had also hosted three in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences for aid­ing the Syr­ian refugees.

Am­bas­sador Ghuneim, who noted the health and ed­u­ca­tional sup­port for Syr­ian and Iraqi refugees, dis­closed that Kuwait would host an in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tion for back­ing ed­u­ca­tion in So­ma­lia, in ad­di­tion to a planned con­fer­ence for aid­ing the Pales­tinian chil­dren. — KUNA

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