KSRelief continues its aid work in Yemen

KSRelief distributed food baskets to the displaced people in Yemen. (SPA)
Updated 28 August 2018

KSRelief continues its aid work in Yemen

RIYADH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) sent 14 trucks of relief aid goods through Wadiah border to Yemen on Monday.
The aid was aimed for Aden en route to Hodeidah governorate.
The convoy included 10,000 food baskets provided by the Kuwait Red Crescent Society in cooperation with KSRelief in preparation for distributing them to the needy in the region.
The initiative comes within the framework of humanitarian and relief assistance provided for Yemen through the Gulf Aid Coordination Office.
Meanwhile, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, adviser to the Royal Court and general supervisor of KSRelief, urged the center’s staff to exert further efforts to assume the proper status among international relief and humanitarian organizations, and to be a pioneer in its field in line with the directives of the Saudi leadership.
Al-Rabeeah looked forward to starting a new phase of integrated humanitarian and relief works to enhance the image of the Kingdom in this field. On Sunday, KSRelief distributed food baskets to the displaced people in Yemen’s Al-Khokha district.

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.