KSRelief organizes awareness program on child soldiers

The project is part of a KSrelief plan to rehabilitate 2,000 children who were recruited by Houthi militias in Yemen. (AFP)
Updated 12 August 2018
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KSRelief organizes awareness program on child soldiers

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Saturday organized an awareness session in Yemen’s Marib governorate to highlight the danger of recruiting children in wars.
Last month, KSReleif launched the second part of the fifth and sixth phases of a rehabilitation project in Marib for children who were recruited and used by Houthi militias as child soldiers.
The child recruits rescued from the Iranian-backed Houthis will benefit from a month-long psycho-social program that aims to ease them back into normal life and eradicate the effects that Houthi recruitment had on them.
The project recently celebrated the graduation of the first group of children from the fifth and sixth phases. This group was made up of 80 children who were recruited from various Yemeni provinces.
The project is part of a KSrelief plan to rehabilitate 2,000 children who were recruited by Houthi militias in Yemen.
The initiative, called the Child Soldiers Rehabilitation Project, is described as “a qualitative program and a major achievement in the country’s crisis.”
During the first stage of the program, KSRelief also provided services to another 40 children, including those from Marib, Yemen, and Al-Jawf in Libya. 


Bahrain’s Bapco completes multibillion-dollar financing

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Bahrain’s Bapco completes multibillion-dollar financing

DUBAI: State-run Bahrain Petroleum Co. (Bapco) has completed a multibillion-dollar financing aimed at expanding its refining capacity to 380,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 267,000 bpd.
Bahrain, a small non-OPEC Gulf oil producer with around 124.6 million barrels of proven reserves, gets its oil revenue from two fields: the onshore Bahrain field, and the offshore Abu Safah field, which is shared with Saudi Arabia.
Around 88 percent of the crude that Bapco refines comes from neighboring Saudi Arabia, and the rest from Bahrain’s field.
The refinery’s expansion is projected to be completed by 2022, Bapco said in a statement on Sunday.
It did not disclose the size of the financing, but sources previously told Reuters it was over $4 billion.
Five export credit agencies and a syndicate of 21 commercial banks — regional and international — took part in the financing, which includes conventional and Islamic loans, Bapco said.
BNP Paribas, HSBC Middle East and Verus Partners advised the firm on the deal.