Nasr Al Jad­hamy, who has been col­lect­ing aid needed by civil­ians who have suf­fered from the con­flict, has part­nered with the Oman Char­ity Or­gan­i­sa­tion to en­sure his goods reach those who truly need them

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MUS­CAT: A kind-hearted Omani man is plan­ning to make his sixth aid trip to help those af­fected by the con­flict in Ye­men, hav­ing teamed up with the gov­ern­ment of the Sul­tanate to do so.

Nasr Al Jad­hamy, who has been col­lect­ing food, clothes and other aid that is needed by civil­ians who have suf­fered from the con­flict in Oman’s south-west­ern neigh­bour, has part­nered with the Oman Char­ity Or­gan­i­sa­tion to en­sure his goods reach those who truly need them.

A to­tal of al­most 50,000 chil­dren un­der the age of five are be­lieved to have died in Ye­men in 2017 due to dis­ease and hunger, and un­for­tu­nately, a sim­i­lar num­ber is ex­pected this year as well.

“I was deal­ing with the gov­ern­ment of Oman, and they have ad­vised me not to go now, and the items that we have sent are now go­ing to be sent through Al Hayya Al Am­mar, an Omani or­gan­i­sa­tion, and this is the first time we are work­ing with them to send items to Ye­men,” he told Times of Oman.

“This is not like other trips. Of­fi­cially, we will go from here to Ye­men through the Omani Char­ity Or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

“I didn’t want to give it to any­one else, but only trusted part­ners, be­cause oth­er­wise I don’t know where th­ese goods will end up, or who will get them, fi­nally,” added Al Jad­hamy. “The good news is that the char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion that they are deal­ing with and the one I am deal­ing with in Ye­men are part­ners, so it was good for us to work to­gether. I ex­plained my story, and all of th­ese char­i­ties are go­ing to work to­gether.”

“When I reach Ye­men, we will work to­gether and dis­trib­ute to­gether,” he said.

“We have be­gun col­lect­ing, and by the grace of God, be­fore De­cem­ber, we will be able to con­firm all the things we will be send­ing. The char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion needs to know ex­actly what we are send­ing.”

The fight­ing has left 6,800 civil­ians dead and more than 10,000 in­jured.

The coun­try’s GDP has dropped by half since 2015, and more than 600,000 jobs have been lost, as 80 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion lives be­low the poverty line.

“I have one con­tainer of food items that is nearly 40 tonnes and two con­tain­ers of clothes, which in­cludes 5,000 sweaters for the chil­dren,” said Al Jad­hamy.

“This is what I have so far. This time, if I am send­ing five trucks, I am go­ing be send­ing 45 tonnes in each truck. We are start­ing to pre­pare for the next jour­ney and we are plan­ning to go there in De­cem­ber. We are ex­pect­ing things to be much bet­ter.

“It is re­ally cold right now, which is why we have 5,000 sweaters, as well as more than 3,000 blan­kets that will be sent there.”

“We will be trav­el­ling by road this time, be­cause last time we trav­elled by air from Mus­cat to Su­dan, and from there to Seiy­oun in the Hadhra­mawt Gov­er­norate, but that air­port has now been closed,” he added

“We there­fore have no choice but to go by road from Mus­cat to Salalah and then to the Ye­meni bor­der. This is how I did it the first time.”

Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion, 1.2 mil­lion cases of cholera have been ei­ther sus­pected or con­firmed in Ye­men since April 2017.

That in­cludes 154,000 cases this year, at the least, and Nasr has en­cour­aged peo­ple to con­tinue to do­nate to­wards their broth­ers and sis­ters across the bor­der in Ye­men, and asked them to only pro­vide goods that are clean and use­able.

“My ad­vice is to send goods through the proper chan­nel, and I ad­vise the peo­ple to deal di­rectly with us and not to go any­where else, be­cause we are deal­ing with Al Hayya Al Am­mar char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion, which is a gov­ern­ment char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion,” he said.

“Peo­ple are re­quested to give what­ever they need to give to me, and then I will check it and give it to them, be­cause they need to check if all the items are clean and proper.”

“When I was send­ing by my­self, I was tak­ing good qual­ity and medium qual­ity goods, but when you are deal­ing with the gov­ern­ment, they are only ask­ing for things that are new and good, be­cause they are rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try and you need to only send good things in that case,” added Al Jad­hamy.

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