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

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.
 


Fraud alert over cryptocurrency falsely linked to Saudi Arabia

Updated 21 August 2019

Fraud alert over cryptocurrency falsely linked to Saudi Arabia

  • The website of a cryptocurrency company is promoting what it calls the CryptoRiyal and SmartRiyal
  • The Singapore-based company uses the Saudi emblem of two crossed swords and a palm tree

JEDDAH: Fraudsters are trying to lure victims into investing in a “virtual currency” with false claims that it is linked to the Saudi riyal and will be used to finance key projects, the Saudi Ministry of Finance warned on Tuesday.

The website of a cryptocurrency company in Singapore is promoting what it calls the CryptoRiyal and SmartRiyal, using the Saudi emblem of two crossed swords and a palm tree. Its “ultimate goal” is to finance NEOM, the smart city and tourist destination being built in the north of the Kingdom, the company claims.

“Any use of the KSA name, national currency or national emblem by any entity for virtual or digital currencies marketing will be subject to legal action by the competent authorities in the Kingdom,” the ministry said on Tuesday.

The fraudsters were exploiting ignorance of how virtual currencies work, cryptocurrency expert Dr. Assad Rizq told Arab News.

“A lot of tricks can be played,” he said. “Some of these companies are not regulated, they have no assets, and even their prospectus is sometimes copied from other projects.

“They hype and pump their project so the price goes up. Inexpert investors, afraid of missing out, jump in, which spikes the price even higher. Then the owners sell up and make tons of money.

“Cryptocurrencies are a risky investment for two reasons. First, the sector is not yet fully regulated and a lot of projects use fake names and identities, such as countries’ names or flags, to manipulate investors.

“Second, you have to do your homework, learn about the technology. And if you still want to invest, consider your country’s rules and regulations.”