UNICEF expresses appreciation of Saudi Arabian aid work in Yemen

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has expressed its appreciation of Saudi Arabia’s long-term support to the humanitarian response in Yemen. (SPA)
Updated 15 September 2018
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UNICEF expresses appreciation of Saudi Arabian aid work in Yemen

LONDON: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has expressed its appreciation of Saudi Arabia’s long-term support to the humanitarian response in Yemen. 

In a report published on its website, UNICEF said that Saudi Arabia, through the work of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), is one of the biggest contributors to emergency and humanitarian operations in Yemen. It added that the center has implemented programs to address a wide range of urgent humanitarian needs of the children in displaced communities and in affected areas.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the generous contributors to UNICEF emergency and humanitarian interventions in Yemen. Since 2015, KSRelief has been responding to a wide range of urgent humanitarian needs of children, as well as children from displaced and marginalized communities living in conflict-affected areas.

“Thanks to the generous support from Saudi Arabia, medical centers have been opened by mobile teams to provide treatment and continuous monitoring of acute malnutrition cases and basic and ongoing immunization against polio and measles...to ensure that children are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases,” added the report.

The report highlighted some of UNICEF’s major achievements with the support of KSRelief Center to provide children with emergency and life-saving assistance in health, nutrition, childhood diseases, immunization, vaccination and care for pregnant and lactating women in the targeted areas of and respond to the cholera epidemic. 

The center continues to support UNICEF’s efforts to contain the epidemic in several Yemeni governorates, , including Ibb, Taiz, Amran, Dhamar, Dhale in Aden and Sanaa.

The report said large quantities of drinking water will be delivered to the affected areas within a period of 6 months.

The report added that the KSRelief supports awareness-raising activities, where health workers are trained to hold awareness sessions on the importance of hygiene through visits in targeted communities.

The Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations affirmed the country’s keenness to provide everything that it could to protect and care for children and to ensure that they enjoyed their humanitarian, social, educational and economic rights. The Kingdom’s mission also emphasised its belief that UNICEF played a great role in providing a good standard of living and better future prospects for all the children in the world.

It also reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to continue to provide everything needed to enable the UN organization to do its job perfectly.


Saudi artists draw inspiration from Islam

Wafa Alqunibit says her work has its place in the Kingdom. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 14 min 46 sec ago
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Saudi artists draw inspiration from Islam

  • Wafa Alqunibit: “The difficulties that I faced were getting the names on point, because a lot of them are very similar to each other

JEDDAH: The work of Saudi sculptor Wafa Alqunibit is on display in a Jeddah art gallery. A small glass box holds objects that have the appearance, shape and texture of dates. Only they are wrought from metal and glint silver and gold.
Alqunibit concedes that art can sometimes be a taboo subject in Saudi society, but says her work has its place.
“I do this to promote and represent our culture and religion as I belong to a very religious family. We have our freedom and we have open minds and I just wanted to portray this image to the world,” she told Arab News.
Her Instagram feed shows other examples of her art, including sculptures featuring the distinctive ringed and slightly curled horns of the Arabian oryx, and videos of her carving, sanding and sawing using machinery that can be seen in any carpentry or masonry workshop.
But her journey toward the arts — specifically sculpture — has not been straightforward.
“I went to Portland (in the US) to complete my doctorate in human resources. But I ended up changing my major to arts and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and they accepted me as a painter.”
But her professors thought she had different strengths — with one telling her she was born to be a tough person.
“At first I thought he was referring to me as an aggressive person, but later when I started sculpting I found out what he meant.”
She uses her work to communicate with people, especially those who misunderstand Islam, and recalled living in the US at a difficult time for Muslims.
“I took support from the arts, to tell people what we really are and now my artwork is displayed in so many galleries and I have been given the title of religious artist.”
Another artist taking inspiration from culture and religion is 26-year-old author Allaa Awad, who has taken the 99 names of Allah and turned them into poetry.
Her debut work, “Ninety-Nine: The Higher Power,” includes poems about purity, mercy, blessings and peace.
“I have encountered many people in life. They have a negative concept about life and God and I just wanted to turn that around and put my own perceptions of what I think God is, who He really is and how we should perceive Him,” she told Arab News.
She also experienced a struggle in her artistic journey, like Alqunibit did, but in a different way.
“The difficulties that I faced were getting the names on point, because a lot of them are very similar to each other. The best part was how people reacted to it on a spiritual level and how they were able to relate to what I had to say, rather than what online research had to say.”