SR1 million spent daily to shelter illegal Ethiopians

Updated 17 November 2013
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SR1 million spent daily to shelter illegal Ethiopians

The government is spending nearly SR1 million everyday for the upkeep of detained illegal Ethiopians.
Giving a breakup, Brig. Gen. Nasser Al-Qahtani, spokesman of Riyadh police, said SR750,000 is being spent daily to feed and house them. In addition, the government has rented 90 rest houses at double the normal price and milk valued at SR200,000 for their children. Then there are 300 buses to transport them to the shelters and two mobile clinics.
Al-Qahtani said his department covers 99 percent of the cost involved in taking care of the workers and their children.
He said the government would deport 500 Ethiopians in the next few days. The police have given a list of the illegal workers to their embassy, Al-Qahtani said during a tour of the new shelter set up in the old building of Princess Noura University.
The building was emptied, cleaned and furnished to provide accommodation for the illegal expatriates from various areas in Riyadh including Manfouha, Al-Hazm and Al-Mazahimiyah.
A tour of the Ethiopian shelter in Al-Hazm neighborhood showed the illegal workers apparently happy moving around in the residential areas.


Saudi crown prince calls for establishing health center dedicated to Pakistani hero

Updated 7 min 35 sec ago
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Saudi crown prince calls for establishing health center dedicated to Pakistani hero

  • The directive was issued during the crown prince’s visit to Pakistan on the first leg of his Asia tour
  • Khan managed to save 14 lives, but he drowned as he attempted to rescue the 15th person.

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has called for the creation of a health center in Paksitan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province dedicated to the memory of a Pakistani hero who saved 14 lives in Jeddah’s 2009 floods, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.

The directive was issued during the crown prince’s visit to Pakistan on the first leg of his Asia tour.

In November 2009, as flash floods roared through the port city, Farman Ali Khan secured a rope to his waist and jumped into the water to rescue people.

He managed to save 14 lives, but he drowned as he attempted to rescue the 15th person.

He was posthumously awarded the King Abdul Aziz Medal of the First Order by the Saudi government and Pakistan’s Tamgha-e-Shujat by then President Asif Ali Zardari. 

“What this man displayed is a rare act of heroism,” said Rania Khaled, an account executive in Jeddah. “He didn’t pause to think of where these people came from or their nationality — all he cared about was that everyone survived the terrible flood. As a result, he lost his life and that’s what makes his tale so heroic. He cared for humanity, not just his own well-being and safety.
“He set a very high example of what a human should aspire to be. Your background, race and nationality shouldn’t matter; what matters is that we all stand together and help each other. I think if people lived with a similar mindset to that of Khan, the world would be a better place.”
Razan Sijjeeni, a photography instructor in Jeddah, said: “I think what Khan did was not only heroic but also human. It says a lot about the kind of person he was in that moment when he chose to risk his life to save others. He gives us a lot to reflect on — who we are today and how much we should value human lives that are not necessarily related to us.”
Nora Al-Rifai, who is training to be a life coach, said that she hopes Khan’s widow and three daughters continue to receive the help and support they deserve.
“It’s a nice gesture that a Jeddah street was named after him as a reminder to all of us and the next generations of his selflessness and heroism.”