Officials see surge in numbers of beggars

Updated 31 January 2013
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Officials see surge in numbers of beggars

The Jeddah municipality had worked in recent months to sweep beggars off the streets, but new groups of panhandlers have returned.
The most familiar places for their actions are by traffic lights, where drivers can see children of expats standing and waiting for the chance of time to use cloths and cleaning materials to clean the windscreen of cars, or just tapping on the windows asking for money.
Another class of beggars includes people with disabilities and children selling simple and small commodities, mostly candies, to lure drivers commuting with their children.
One child beggar at a traffic light told a reporter: “I am 10 years old and I sell chewing gum, but mostly I go from one place to another so that I would not be caught and deported by secret inspection patrols.”
The boy said he was not doing anything wrong, but making a daily living in all weather conditions.
Majed, another boy, said that he earns as much as SR 70 a day as a car windshield cleaner.
“I clean windows with soap and water without the driver asking for this. Some drivers give me one riyal, others more, while some others don’t give me anything even after I clean their cars,” he said.
Some beggar women are seen holding young children on their shoulders, and shifting from one place to another.
Dr. Mohammad Mussad, endocrinology and diabetes consultant, warned of the hazards of eating the food stuff sold on the streets without appropriate storage conditions.

 


Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

KSRelief distributed assistance to Syrian refugees. (SPA/file)
Updated 21 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

  • KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications
  • The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Yemen

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed humanitarian aid including birth kits, personal bags and baby blankets to Syrian female refugees staying in Osman Hospital and Central Hospital in Kattermaya, Kharoub province of Lebanon on Friday.

This distribution is within the framework of the assistance provided by the center for displaced Syrians and refugees in neighboring countries. 

KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications through various relief programs. 

Earlier, winter blankets, jackets, jumpers, hats and other items were distributed to meet the basic needs of refugee families.

The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.

In addition, 36 trucks with 469,483 kg of relief, shelter and medicines crossed Al-Wadiaa border on Thursday evening as part of the KSRelief plan to help Yemenis.

Of this total, 26 trucks with 500 food baskets, weighing 375 tons, in addition to 43,173 kg of shelter items, will be heading to Maareb province, and ten trucks carrying 42,221 kg of shelter items and 9.89 tons of medications will go to Aden.

On Thursday, the Bahraini Royal Charity Foundation and the Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation for Humanitarian Affairs signed an MoU for the establishment of the Bahrain Health Center in Aden, Yemen, at a cost of $2 million, in the presence of Ahmed bin Ali Al-Bayez, assistant general supervisor of operations and programs at KSRelief, and a number of officials. SPA, Jeddah