Jun 21 2012
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UAE pledeges Dh 500 million in aide to Yemen
Thursday, Jun 21, 2012
The UAE launched a donation campaign to help Yemen in time of national crisis. The multi tasked campaign includes a telethon to be conducted on June 29th.
The campaign is aimed at helping provide aide and food supplies to a neighboring nation, struck by near catastrophic food shortages throughout the country.
The Red Crescent Authority (RCA) announced today the eventual launch of a campaign to raise additional money to support Yemen.
“Plans are already in place to begin collecting donations in 10 RCA branches and over 200 locations across the Emirates, including shopping malls and supermarkets. In addition to financial donations, food, clothing and other needed items will be collected,” Fahd Abdul Rahman, Deputy Secretary General for Resource Development at the Red Crescent told Gulf News.
An official from the UAE Armed Forces told Gulf News that the Armed Forces are ready to provide airplanes to airlift food and urgently needed material to Yemen whenever required.
Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa expressed his gratitude over the announced assistance.
“The Yemenis are grateful to UAE’s move to reach out to them in these times of difficulties,” said Basindwa.
Participants in the Friends of Yemen meeting that took place in May, and which included many world countries, pledges to raise $4 billion (about Dh 140 billion) for development and humanitarian projects in the country.
At least 10 million Yemenis, some 44 per cent of the population, do not get “enough food to eat and one in three children was severely malnourished, “the delegates at the Friends of Yemen meeting were told.
The United Nations said that the food crisis has reached a catastrophic level in Yemen, where over half a million people have been displaced. Highly affected are children, many of whom are nearing famine.
“In children under five, 58 per cent are severely malnourished. We are at the stage where we will see a famine like in the Horn of Africa, unless we intervene now,” Geert Cappelaere, Director of Unicef’s operations in Yemen, told Gulf News.
Earlier this month, Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, has approved Dhs500 million in aide to Yemen. The funds are committed to buy important food items such as sugar, cooking oil, baby milk powder, canned food or rice, and distribute it directly among the hungry and needy people of Yemen. Distribution outlets in different regions in Yemen are being set up to expedite delivery.
By Iman Sherif?Staff Reporter
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