Kuwait, Turk­ish so­ci­eties ink MoU

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Kuwait Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety (KRCS) yes­ter­day inked a memo of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) with the Turk­ish Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety to ex­am­ine re­lief projects in east­ern Aleppo. The MoU was signed by the KRCS Chair­man Dr. Hi­lal Al-Sayer and the Turk­ish so­ci­ety’s chief, Dr. Mehmet Gul­lu­oglu, at the lat­ter’s head­quar­ters in the town of Gaziantep. Dr. Al-Sayer said the MoU aimed at ex­am­in­ing pro­grams for re­liev­ing Syrian refugees from east­ern Aleppo. He also thanked the Turk­ish coun­ter­part for pro­vid­ing fa­cil­i­ties to the Kuwaiti phil­an­thropic teams, namely the visit to the dis­placed in Idlib coun­try­side. Dr. Gul­lu­oglu said his as­so­ci­a­tion has launched sev­eral hu­man­i­tar­ian oper­a­tions near the border Bab Al-Hawa and Bab Al-Salam check­points, build­ing camps, makeshift hos­pi­tals and schools in ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing food the refugees. Ear­lier to­day, the KRCS signed agree­ments worth USD 2,465 mil­lion with Qatar’s Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety (QRCS) to of­fer re­lief aid and med­i­cal sup­plies to the Syrian refugee fam­i­lies from east­ern Aleppo. Dr. Al-Sayer signed the ac­cords with the Di­rec­tor of Re­lief and In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment at QRCS Dr. Khaled Diab, at the lat­ter’s of­fice in Gaz­i­nan­tep, south-west­ern Turkey. These ac­cords are part of the strate­gic part­ner­ship and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two so­ci­eties for the dis­placed “Syrian broth­ers from Aleppo,” Dr. Al-Sayer said. They in­clude pro­vid­ing 8,000 food pack­ages, win­ter clothes for 5-14 chil­dren, heat­ing oil, and blan­kets, he added. The KRCSQRCS co­op­er­a­tion projects also in­clude 10 mobile clin­ics to of­fer med­i­cal ser­vices to refugees from Aleppo, sup­port­ing a field hos­pi­tal, and pro­vid­ing three huge tanks of drink­ing water daily. In ad­di­tion to as­sist­ing or­phans, Dr. Al-Sayer noted. On his part, Diab said that the QRCS started of­fer­ing help to Syrian refugees in 2012 in neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, Iraq, Le­banon, Jor­dan, and Turkey. This has cov­ered health ser­vices, shel­ters, food se­cu­rity, water, non-food sup­plies, re­spond­ing to emer­gen­cies, train­ing and ca­pa­bil­ity build­ing, he added.

—KUNA Photo

KRCS board chair­man Dr. He­lal Al-Sayer with the Turk­ish so­ci­ety’s chief, Dr. Mehmet Gul­lu­oglu.

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