Four million Burmese entitled to get iqama

Updated 16 March 2015
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Four million Burmese entitled to get iqama

Four million Burmese residents in the Kingdom are now entitled to obtain an ‘iqama,’ turning many of their dreams of long-term residence and stability in the Kingdom into a reality.
Sheikh of the Burmese community in Makkah, Abu Alshamaa Abdulmajeed, said a large number of Burmese citizens have been living in the Kingdom for more than 70 years, arriving here as a result of injustice and torture against Muslims at the hands of their former governments and various extremist groups.
The sheikh praised the role of the Saudi government in assisting the Burmese community and supporting them as they resettled in the Kingdom. He said that the recent status correction decision issued by Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, which calls for the granting of free Iqamas to members of the Burmese community, has now solved a plethora of logistical problems for many members of the community, and will serve to facilitate their freedom of movement and permanent residence.
“Additionally, due to this new government move, students who are studying in schools run by charitable organizations will now have the opportunity to study in public schools from the primary to secondary stages,” he added.
Abdulmajeed said, “The dream of returning to Burma has faded from the hearts of members of the community due to a lack of passports, especially as the Pakistani and Bangladeshi embassies have refused to grant them passports. The fear of prosecution and torture against Muslims also makes this dream impossible at this time.”
So far, 170,000 iqamas have been granted to Burmese.


KSRelief dispatches 18 trucks of humanitarian aid to Hodeidah in Yemen

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KSRelief dispatches 18 trucks of humanitarian aid to Hodeidah in Yemen

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Relief and Humanitarian Center dispatched 18 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid to Hodeidah in Yemen.
The General Director of KSRelief Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabiah said in a press statement that this aid shipment comes is sent on the orders of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to support Yemenis and ease their suffering in the Hodeidah province.
KSrelief said that the trucks that crossed into Yemen carry more that 365 tons of food baskets, and dates.
Al Rabiah added that the KSRelief is currently preparing to send two air and sea bridges to deliver food and shelter equipment for Hodeidah. All KSRelief efforts is closely coordinated with United Nations local partners and the legitimate government of Yemen.