Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief discusses children, humanitarian crisis in Yemen in Geneva

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Updated 09 March 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief discusses children, humanitarian crisis in Yemen in Geneva

JEDDAH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid And Relief Center (KSRelief) held a seminar on Saturday entitled “Children and the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen,” on the sidelines of the 40th session of the UN Human Rights’ Council in Geneva.
The delegation was headed by Dr. Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Moallem, director of KSRelief Health and Environmental Aid Department. 
Al-Moallem highlighted the center’s international relief and humanitarian programs and said that more than four million women and six million children in Yemen suffer from a severe humanitarian crisis due to the continuous human rights violations, while the humanitarian situation has become more difficult and bitter.
Al-Moallem reviewed the center’s humanitarian contributions in alleviating the suffering of the most affected groups in Yemen, in line with international laws, that aim to reduce the effects of the violations committed by the Iran-backed Houthi militia, which have affected millions of children and women for nearly four years.
“One of the most prominent projects presented by the Kingdom and represented by the center, which is the largest donor in Yemen, is the rehabilitation center for children recruited by the Houthi militia under the age of 18 to integrate them into society and provide them with psychosocial and educational services by specialized experts,” he said.
Al-Moallem said that “we attended to convey the message of the suffering Yemeni citizens, especially the most vulnerable groups such as the women and children, from the terrorist practices of the Houthi militia,” adding that the militia uses child recruits in contradictions with all international conventions, including the Geneva Convention, the Rome Statute on War Crimes and the International Labor Law.
The international health expert Astrid Steckelberger said: “The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is one of the biggest crises in the world and the King Salman Relief Center has done a great job in Yemen, where about 328 projects worth $2 billion, the largest humanitarian contribution to Yemen, have been carried out.”
The international organizations in the symposium accused the Iranian-backed Houthi militia of recruiting and forcing children to fight and carry weapons, which is a clear violation of international conventions on the protection of the rights of children. They demanded the international community and the Human Rights Council to protect the children in Yemen.
The seminar reviewed the humanitarian situation in Yemen and assessed the international community’s position on the humanitarian crisis.
It also discussed the obstruction of humanitarian access by the Houthi militia, which controls 60% of the various relief items, and the impact of the humanitarian crisis on the children in Yemen.


Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

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Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

  • The move aims to serve pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their dearest ones back home

MAKKAH: One million sim cards and free internet will be offered as gifts to pilgrims performing Hajj this year upon arriving at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia.

The initiative is part of a program aimed at serving pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their nearest and dearest back home.

A field team will be working 24 hours during the Hajj season to offer this service to the arriving pilgrims so that they can share their experience with their families.

The project comes as part of  efforts by the Kingdom to serve pilgrims under directions by King Salman and the Crown Prince to allow pilgrims to perform their rituals with ease.