Saudi aid agency signs deals to run Yemeni refugee camp in Djibouti

KSRelief provides much needed assistance to Yemenis. (SPA)
Updated 02 November 2018

Saudi aid agency signs deals to run Yemeni refugee camp in Djibouti

  • KSRelief chief Abdullah Al-Rabeeah three signed a number of agreement to assist Yemenis in a refugee camp in Djibouti

JEDDAH: The General Supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) Abdullah Al-Rabeeah signed three agreements on Wednesday for the running of the Yemeni refugee camp in Djibouti.
The first agreement was signed with the Turkish company Nevka for the $815,000 operation and maintenance of the camp. It aims to operate and maintain the housing units, electricity, water and sanitation. This will ensure a proper environment for sheltering the most vulnerable Yemeni families in the camp and provide them with basic services such as adequate housing, safe drinking water, school, mosque and medical clinics.
Al-Rabeeah signed the second agreement, worth $246,000, with the Office of National Assistance for Refugees and Displaced Persons to manage and guard the camp. It seeks to set a mechanism for sheltering and supervising the refugees in the camp, operating the school and the mosque in collaboration with the government of Djibouti, providing the refugees with the necessary quantities of water, protecting the camp’s facilities and inhabitants and managing them.
The third agreement was signed with Al-Rahma Hospital in Djibouti to operate the camp’s clinics. It aspires to provide refugees with basic medical care, to treat communicable diseases to prevent the outbreak of epidemics, provide the necessary vaccinations for children and support the Djiboutian Ministry of Health through providing medical care and relieving the pressure on the ministry’s hospitals.
The clinics were opened on Nov. 11, 2015. They include various units that benefit 1,188 refugees. The cost of establishing the clinics reached $845,000 and operating them costs $134,000. Cases that cannot be treated in the clinics will be transferred to Al-Rahma Hospital as part of the agreement funded by KSRelief.


Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa

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Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa

  • Saudi Arabia is at the 209th session to discuss international issues related to the fields of education, science and culture

PARIS: Princess Haifa bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin, the Kingdom’s permanent representative to UNESCO, said that changes can only be faced with global efforts to achieve the common goals of promoting peace, building cultural bridges between nations, and empowering societies to guarantee a better future.

Saudi Arabia recently participated in the 209th session of the UNESCO Executive Council at the agency’s Paris headquarters. The Kingdom was represented at the session by Princess Haifa and a team of 26 Saudi experts from different sectors that have activities related to the scope of UNESCO’s work, such as education, culture, energy, environment, and training.

Princess Haifa said: “Despite our different cultures and languages, we share our belief that education is a right for everyone, that preserving heritage means securing the future, and that innovation and science are the bridge that will pull us out of this pandemic the world today is living.”

She said that the Kingdom supported African countries and was ready to share its experiences in various UNESCO fields, in addition to supporting action plans related to developing islands as one of its priorities in exchanging experiences, especially since the Kingdom is one of the most advanced countries in the world in the field of water desalination.

Reference was made to the Kingdom’s support for international growth and stability through the G20 presidency, specifically with regard to ensuring the continuity of education in crises, the continuation of efforts to achieve climate adaptation worldwide, and solidarity with the members of the G20 in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a member state of the UNESCO Executive Council, Saudi Arabia is at the 209th session to discuss international issues related to the fields of education, science and culture. These will be evaluated and decided upon, and the executive decisions assigned to them will be voted on, in cooperation with the council’s member states.

The Kingdom’s participation in the meetings of the UNESCO Executive Council also comes as part of its permanent presence in the international cultural and educational organization since its foundation in 1946.