Lebanese president to emphasize unity at Dammam summit

Updated 14 April 2018
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Lebanese president to emphasize unity at Dammam summit

  • Aoun is expected to emphasize importance of Arab solidarity in speech
  • Lebanese president to highlight Israel’s continued threats against Lebanon

Beirut: President Michel Aoun, who will lead the Lebanese delegation to the Arab League Summit in Dammam, “will emphasize in his speech the importance of Arab solidarity,” his spokesman Rafiq Shlala told Arab News. 

Aoun conveyed the same message at the previous summit in Jordan, and will reaffirm Lebanon’s stance regarding developments in the occupied Palestinian territories, Shlala said. 

The president will highlight Israel’s continued threats against Lebanon, and the former’s persistent violations of the latter’s sovereignty, his spokesman added.

Aoun will also highlight the repercussions in Lebanon of hosting so many Syrian refugees, Shlala said.


Nobel laureate Murad to build hospital in her hometown in Iraq

Updated 15 December 2018
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Nobel laureate Murad to build hospital in her hometown in Iraq

  • The laureate was awarded the $1 million prize alongside Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege
  • She said she will use the money to “build a hospital in Sinjar to treat ill people, mainly widows and women”

SINJAR, Iraq: Nadia Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi woman held as a sex slave by Daesh militants who won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, said on Friday she intended to use the prize money to build a hospital for victims of sexual abuse in her hometown.
The Yazidi survivor was speaking to a crowd of hundreds in Sinjar, her hometown in northern Iraq.
“With the money I got from the Nobel Peace prize, I will build a hospital in Sinjar to treat ill people, mainly widows and women who were exposed to sexual abuses by Daesh militants,” she told the crowd and gathered journalists.
She thanked the Iraqi and Kurdistan governments for agreeing to her plan and said she would be contacting humanitarian organizations “soon” to start construction.
Murad was awarded the $1 million prize alongside Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
She was one of about 7,000 women and girls captured in northwest Iraq in August 2014 and held by Daesh in Mosul, where she was tortured and raped.
She escaped after three months and reached Germany, from where she campaigned extensively to appeal for support for the Yazidi community.
The Yazidi area in Sinjar had previously been home to about 400,000 people, mostly Yazidis and Arab Sunnis.
In a matter of days, more than 3,000 Yazidis were killed and about 6,800 kidnapped, either sold into slavery or conscripted to fight for Daesh as the religious minority came under attack.