Plane fullof UAEaid flown to refugees

Prime Min­is­ter sends sup­plies to needy flee­ing war in Africa

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu

The UAE is to fly more than 100 tonnes of es­sen­tial sup­plies to Uganda to help an es­ti­mated 60,000 refugees in des­per­ate need.

HH Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, UAE Vice Pres­i­dent, Prime Min­is­ter and Ruler of Dubai, or­dered a pri­vate plane to dis­patch the sup­plies to those flee­ing con­flict in South Su­dan.

State news agency WAM last night said the flight, due to leave this morn­ing for En­tebbe Air­port, will carry sleep­ing mats, blan­kets, mos­quito nets, buck­ets and other es­sen­tial items for refugees liv­ing along the Ugan­dan bor­der with South Su­dan. The ba­sic re­lief items for chil­dren, women and the elderly would then be trans­ported from En­tebbe to the Pa­gia­rinya set­tle­ment in Ad­ju­mani Dis­trict by hu­man­i­tar­ian agen­cies and the Ugan­dan au­thor­i­ties. Princess Haya bint Hus­sein, the wife of Sheikh Mo­hammed and Pres­i­dent of Dubai’s In­ter­na­tional City for Hu­man­i­tar­ian Ser­vices, said: “The UAE al­ways come to the fore­front of in­ter­na­tional re­lief ef­forts in var­i­ous emer­gen­cies and cri­sis.” South Su­dan has been gripped by civil war since 2013.

The war, in the world’s youngest na­tion – which gained in­de­pen­dence from Su­dan in 2011 – has left hun­dreds dead and many more dis­placed. The power strug­gle broke out be­tween pres­i­dent Salva Kiir Ma­yardit and for­mer vice pres­i­dent Riek Machar, backed by rebels. The num­ber of South Su­danese seek­ing safety and shel­ter in neigh­bour­ing coun­tries has crossed the one mil­lion mark, ac­cord­ing to the United Na­tions refugee agency. “Most of those flee­ing South Su­dan are women and chil­dren,” said Leo Dobbs, a spokesman for the Of­fice of the UN High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “They in­clude sur­vivors of vi­o­lent at­tacks, sex­ual as­sault, chil­dren that have been sep­a­rated from their par­ents or trav­elled alone, the dis­abled, the elderly and peo­ple in need of ur­gent med­i­cal care.” In terms of num­bers, ac­cord­ing to the UN, Uganda (373,626) ac­counts for the largest share of South Su­danese refugees. More than a third ar­rived since the most re­cent vi­o­lence broke out. Ethiopia (292,000) and Su­dan (247,317) are the sec­ond and third largest hosts to peo­ple flee­ing South Su­dan. Smaller num­bers have also fled to Kenya, Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of the Congo (DRC) and Cen­tral African Re­pub­lic (CAR), since July. About 300 peo­ple a week have been cross­ing into Kenya, which now has over 90,000 South Su­danese refugees. The UN re­ports that refugees spoke of in­creased fight­ing and at­tacks by armed groups that kill civil­ians, loot vil­lages and sex­u­ally as­sault women. “Many refugees ar­rive ex­hausted af­ter days walk­ing in the bush and go­ing with­out food or water,” added Dobbs. “Many chil­dren have lost one or both of their par­ents, some forced to be­come pri­mary care­givers to younger sib­lings.”

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