Mohammed bin Rashid offers clothing to additional 1.5 million children
of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has pledged to offer clothing to additional 1.5 underprivileged children, raising to 3 million the total number of beneficiaries under the humanitarian campaign he launched on 11 July to dress one million needy children across the world.
The initiative, concluded on 19th Ramadan, when the UAE marked the Zayed
Humanitarian Day and 9th death anniversary of the founding father, the late
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, raised funds for clothing 1.5 million children.
Sheikh Mohammed's donation doubled the number of recipient children to 3 million
in more than 25 countries.
Commenting on the conclusion of the campaign, Sheikh Mohammed said:'
What make us extremely glad is the spirit of goodness which prevailed during the
Holy Month of Ramadan in our beloved State under amidst the death anniversary
of the late Sheikh Zayed. Interaction of the generous UAE people with the campaign
has resulted in bringing joy to 3 million children on the Eid in addition to slew of
of giving initiatives that will benefit other millions around the world, establishing the UAE as a capital of charity, a minaret of giving and a helping hand for relieving the destitute wherever they are.'
'The UAE will pursue its Islamic, humanitarian and civilisational role in supporting
deprived people, a drive launched by the founding fathers and we are staying that
course. We will also instil this sense in our children and our generations so as the march of giving remains the a key component of the development process in our State and
a main pillar of its future,' Sheikh Mohammed added.
The Vice President praised efforts made by the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA), which is executing the campaign, and other organisations supporting the campaign. 'I'm proud of the results the campaign has generated which comes as a fruit of giving and generosity of the UAE citizens and residents. I'm also proud of all good efforts made during the campaign which clearly demonstrated the strength of and transparency of the UAE charitable work and its influential impact on the international scene.'
The campaign has elicited unexpected response and success, reaching out to needy
children in Bosnia, Albania, Yemen, Lebanon, Egypt, Djibouti, Senegal, Zanzibar,
Tanzania, Malawi, Jordan, India, Pakistan in addition to Syrian refugee children in Jordan and Lebanon.
The RCA teams will provide clothes to children in the Philippines, Iraq, Somalia,
Ethiopia, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Thailand and Bangladesh.
Earlier, Sheikh Mohammed has directed that the number of children beneficiaries to be increased after the campaign crossed the targeted one million mark.
UAE's humanitarian aid for Syrians reaches Dh130.2 million
The UAE has provided Dh 130.2 million in humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people, both within Syria and in other countries, since the start of the current crisis, according a recent report by the UAE Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD).
The UAE's assistance to Syrians has been channelled via the Red Crescent Authority (RCA), Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, Dar Al Ber Society and Sharjah Charity Association.
In 2012, the UAE provided humanitarian aid to a value of Dh 56,675,934 million for Syrian refugees, the report says.
The report noted that on the 9th July 2013, H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women's Union (GWU), Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, donated Dh 36.7 million to provide food, medication, shelter and education to Syrian refugees under the �Big Heart for Syrian Refugee Children' campaign.
Also according to the report, 1.8 million Syrian refugees are displaced in five Arab countries, while a further 6.8 million inside the country have been affected by the crisis.
MICAD's report, an update of the crisis information and indicators, shows that the crisis in Syria has been aggravated as 4.2 million people, 2.1 million of whom are children, are now homeless inside Syria.
The total number of Syrians affected by the crisis is now in excess of 8.6 million according to MICAD's report, which describes the situation in Syria as the worst humanitarian crisis in the present time.
The report cites warnings by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) that 4 million Syrians now suffer from "food insecurity".
MICAD's report also highlights the World Health Organisations warnings of the heightened risks of communicable disease outbreaks at refugee camps. These include water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea, typhoid, cholera and hepatitis and vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, which reappeared among displaced people due to a drop in national vaccination coverage.
It also noted a constant increase in the number of acute diarrhoea cases, especially in rural Damascus, Idlib, Homs, Aleppo and Deir Ez-Zor.
Some medical supplies allocated to Aleppo, Idlib and rural Damascus have not been delivered yet because of a lack of security, MICAD's report says.
Abdullah, German Foreign Minister discuss cooperation
The UAE Foreign Minister, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, yesterday discussed with his German counterpart, Guido Westerwelle, avenues of cooperation and friendship between the UAE and Germany and ways of further enhancing them.
Sheikh Abdullah and Westerwelle reviewed bilateral ties and progress in joint cooperation in many fields as well as appropriate means of strengthening them to serve mutual interests.
The two ministers also exchanged views on the latest developments in the regional and international arenas.
UAE Ambassador to Germany Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi attended the meeting.