Saudi relief agency organizes trip for former child soldiers in Yemen

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Former Yemeni child soldiers enjoy a field trip organized by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) at the Marib public park on Sept. 7, 2018. (SPA)
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Former Yemeni child soldiers enjoy a field trip organized by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) at the Marib public park on Sept. 7, 2018. (SPA)
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Members of orphan families in Yemen attend a sewing class as part of a government program to develop manual skills. (SPA)
Updated 08 September 2018
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Saudi relief agency organizes trip for former child soldiers in Yemen

  • The field trip is part of an ongoing program to rehabilitate 80 Yemeni children recruited by Houthis to fight the government
  • KSRelief is also conducting sewing classes to develop the manual skills of orphan families

 JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has organized a recreational field trip for 26 children to Marib public park as part of its program to rehabilitate children who were recruited by Houthi militias.
The aim is for children to enjoy playing in open spaces, swimming, and participating in educational and sports competitions to improve their mental health, which was badly affected by forced recruitment.
This trip is part of the third course of the fifth and sixth phases of the project, which targets rehabilitating 80 Yemeni children.
As part of its plan to rehabilitate 2,000 of the children recruited by the Houthi militias in Yemen, KSRelief has rehabilitated 215 children from several Yemeni governorates through the previously implemented courses and phases.
Recently, the center has carried out sewing classes as part of its program to develop manual skills in five Yemeni provinces to support orphan families.
“We didn’t know how to use a sewing machine, but these sessions have helped us acquire many skills,” said trainee Zainab Omar. AN Jeddah
Trainee Hoda Ahmed said the classes will help many women acquire new skills and thus become more independent. The classes are part of KSRelief’s programs to empower poor families.
 


Saudi sisters’ deaths in New York ruled suicide

Updated 23 January 2019
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Saudi sisters’ deaths in New York ruled suicide

JEDDAH: The deaths of Saudi-born sisters Rotana Farea, 22, and Tala Farea, 16, in New York’s Hudson River last October were the result of drowning by suicide, said the office of the city’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Barbara Samson.
“My office determined that the death of the Farea sisters was the result of suicide, in which the young women bound themselves together before descending into the Hudson River,” Samson said in a statement.
The two bodies were discovered by a passer-by just before 3 p.m. on Oct. 24. The New York Police Department (NYPD) said police responded to a 911 call and “upon arrival, officers discovered two unidentified females unconscious and unresponsive with no obvious signs of trauma.” Emergency personnel declared them dead at the scene.
An official at the Saudi Embassy in Washington refuted an Associated Press (AP) claim that the mother of the sisters said she had received a call from the embassy requesting that the family leave the US because the daughters had requested asylum. 
“Any/all communications with the mother had nothing to do with a supposed asylum claim,” the Saudi official told Arab News. 
The NYPD denied releasing any information regarding an alleged asylum request. The family declined an Arab News request for comment.