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.

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.