King Abdullah was known for rehab efforts

Updated 25 January 2015
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King Abdullah was known for rehab efforts

The late King Abdullah’s rehabilitation efforts which were extended across the world are legendary and the people of various countries who benefitted from these efforts have expressed their profound gratitude to the late king.
Last year, King Abdullah donated $500 million to the UN relief efforts in Iraq for displaced Iraqis fleeing the conflict in their country, according to Ertharin Cousin, WFP executive director.
Of this amount, the World Food Program (WFP) received over $148 million as part of the king’s food rehabilitation efforts to fulfill the needs of the refugees. This funding continues to support vital work in Iraq in 2015.
In December 2014, as WPP struggled because of shortage of funding to meet the food needs of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, the king donated $104 million, including $52 million that allowed WPP to immediately distribute food vouchers so that Syrian refugees wouldn’t go hungry.
In Pakistan, his relief campaign for the Pakistani people has been working in all provinces to help mitigate the sufferings of people due to the floods. He provided a sum of $120,000 for various purposes that included the drilling of 100 boreholes and installation of water pumps, installation of 24 water purification plants in hospital, mosques in Punjab, and flood zones in Sind. This gigantic project benefited some 25,000 residents in the areas mentioned.
A memorandum was signed with the UNICEF amounting to $1.620 for the rehabilitation of 76 water supply schemes for clean drinking water which was completed in 10 districts of Baluchistan. The project benefits as many as 84,000 inhabitants in the affected areas.
King Abdullah donated $10 million in aid for rehabilitation efforts to the victims of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines, the strongest ever recorded typhoon in history. Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago expressed his country’s gratitude for the ongoing rehabilitation efforts. “On behalf of President Benigno” Noynoy” Aquino lll and the Filipino people, especially those in the Kingdom and those in the affected areas, we thank King Abdullah for his generous contribution to the relief efforts,” he said.
Maria Amor, founding president of We Care for Humanity, an NGO, said, “Words cannot express my deepest gratitude to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the humanitarian aid which came at the right time.”
In Cameroon, he gave food donations to flood victims and for emergency relief cases, according to Ambassador Iya Tidjani. The envoy expressed thanks for assistance in the construction of the Yaounde Islamic Complex in the capital and the building of Garoua’s Morque in the North Region of the country.
King Abdullah also extended his rehabilitation efforts to Bangladesh with a donation of $100 million in the wake of cyclone Sidr which claimed 3,500 lives and was one of the most devastating cyclones to hit the country since 1876. Bangladesh undertook massive relief efforts and drew up short and long-term plans for the rehabilitation of the cyclone victims.


Saudia cabin crew remain unaccounted for after Sri Lanka attacks

Updated 22 April 2019
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Saudia cabin crew remain unaccounted for after Sri Lanka attacks

  • One cabin crew member was injured but two remain unaccounted for
  • The airline has said it will issue a statement later on Monday

DUBAI: Two cabin crew of the national airline Saudia remain unaccounted for in Sri Lanka, according to a spokesman.

One crew member was injured following the Easter Sunday attacks which killed at least 290 people and injured 500, but the location of two others was unknown.

“As a result of the tragic events that took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka this morning there are SAUDIA crew members that are reportedly unaccounted for,” a statement released by the airline after the attacks on Sunday read.

The two members, that remain missing, have not been named but they are both Saudi Arabian nationals.

No details have been released of where the two were at the time of the blasts.

The airline spokesman told Arab News on Monday that they were continuing to work with the Saudi Arabian embassy in Sri Lanka.