KSRelief reaches Bangladesh to help distressed Rohingyas

Updated 12 October 2017
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KSRelief reaches Bangladesh to help distressed Rohingyas

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) was the first organization to visit Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh to assess their needs, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has revealed.
KSRelief signed an agreement with the UNHCR on Wednesday for a joint project to “establish mutually beneficial cooperation aimed at assisting the vulnerable and disadvantaged, through which both parties will support refugees and host communities.”
The agreement was signed by Grandi, and the supervisor general of KSRelief, Abdullah Al-Rabeeah.
Al-Rabeeah told reporters that “the Kingdom stands with the needy around the world and has assisted victims in 38 countries through the provision of 232 humanitarian and relief programs.”
Al-Rabeeah said the Kingdom hosts 561,911 Yemeni refugees, 262,573 Syrian refugees and more than 300,000 Burmese refugees, and has provided them with all necessary facilities and services to enjoy a dignified life.
Following the signing, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said in a press statement that KSRelief has helped the UN on many occasions.
“I recently met with the center’s delegation in Bangladesh,” Grandi said. “(KSRelief) was the first organization to visit the Rohingya refugee camps, where some 500,000 refugees from Myanmar stay, to assess their needs.”
That was just one example of the center’s work, Grandi explained. “There are also many examples in Yemen and Syria.”
He added that the new agreement “makes our cooperation stronger. The overall framework of the project will give very important support at the institutional level, and we are now in a real partnership with the center.”


King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

Millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi national day on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 23 September 2018
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King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

  • More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s National Day, celebrated every year on Sept. 23, has come a long way in broadening the concept of unification over the years.
Though the National Day meant unifying disparate sheikhdoms under the nation’s founder, the late King Abdul Aziz, its implications across the political, socioeconomic and cultural spectrum have not been lost on successive rulers.
It was King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who fine-tuned the definition of unification as an operating philosophy. This is why millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi National Day on the streets on Sunday.
The capital city, along with other Saudi cities, will witness fireworks and the unfurling of the largest national flag. More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom.
Car owners, limousine drivers and young Saudi motorcyclists said that they planned to go for drives, particularly on the fashionable streets of the capital city, to celebrate. Grocery shops, stationery shops and vendors were selling bunting, flags, banners and pictures of national heroes.
“We went around the city to see the lighting and fireworks,” said Saleh Al-Omri, a local pharmacist. “Green and white balloons fill either sides of Riyadh streets,” he said.
In his National Day congratulatory message, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, said: “The wise policy of the leaders of this country contributed to peace, security and stability.”
Fakhr Al-Shawaf, chief executive of Al-Bawani Contracting Co., said: “We are celebrating the 88th anniversary of our unification, a day when the late King Abdul Aziz established the Saudi nation.”
Ali Al-Othaim, a member of Riyadh Chamber’s board of directors, said: “The Kingdom is on the path of comprehensive economic and social development under Vision 2030.”
Shafik Namdar, a taxi driver, said that he had bought an SR10 flag for his car and planned to work and also drive with his friends to look at the city and its landmark buildings.
Several young boys, including Arslan, 12, and Mishal, 14, said that they had bought bunting, badges and flags to decorate their houses. They planned to celebrate with a special meal at home with relatives, before going into the city streets for dance and music. Some of them had plans to organize celebrations in public parks.