Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief discusses children, humanitarian crisis in Yemen in Geneva

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Updated 09 March 2019

Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief discusses children, humanitarian crisis in Yemen in Geneva

JEDDAH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid And Relief Center (KSRelief) held a seminar on Saturday entitled “Children and the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen,” on the sidelines of the 40th session of the UN Human Rights’ Council in Geneva.
The delegation was headed by Dr. Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Moallem, director of KSRelief Health and Environmental Aid Department. 
Al-Moallem highlighted the center’s international relief and humanitarian programs and said that more than four million women and six million children in Yemen suffer from a severe humanitarian crisis due to the continuous human rights violations, while the humanitarian situation has become more difficult and bitter.
Al-Moallem reviewed the center’s humanitarian contributions in alleviating the suffering of the most affected groups in Yemen, in line with international laws, that aim to reduce the effects of the violations committed by the Iran-backed Houthi militia, which have affected millions of children and women for nearly four years.
“One of the most prominent projects presented by the Kingdom and represented by the center, which is the largest donor in Yemen, is the rehabilitation center for children recruited by the Houthi militia under the age of 18 to integrate them into society and provide them with psychosocial and educational services by specialized experts,” he said.
Al-Moallem said that “we attended to convey the message of the suffering Yemeni citizens, especially the most vulnerable groups such as the women and children, from the terrorist practices of the Houthi militia,” adding that the militia uses child recruits in contradictions with all international conventions, including the Geneva Convention, the Rome Statute on War Crimes and the International Labor Law.
The international health expert Astrid Steckelberger said: “The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is one of the biggest crises in the world and the King Salman Relief Center has done a great job in Yemen, where about 328 projects worth $2 billion, the largest humanitarian contribution to Yemen, have been carried out.”
The international organizations in the symposium accused the Iranian-backed Houthi militia of recruiting and forcing children to fight and carry weapons, which is a clear violation of international conventions on the protection of the rights of children. They demanded the international community and the Human Rights Council to protect the children in Yemen.
The seminar reviewed the humanitarian situation in Yemen and assessed the international community’s position on the humanitarian crisis.
It also discussed the obstruction of humanitarian access by the Houthi militia, which controls 60% of the various relief items, and the impact of the humanitarian crisis on the children in Yemen.


US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

Updated 20 February 2020

US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

  • Consul General Rachna Korhonen: I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are
  • Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year

DHAHRAN: The US Consulate General in Dhahran hosted its 2020 National Day reception on Feb. 19 to celebrate 244 years of American Independence, and the 75th anniversary of the historic meeting between US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Saudi King Abdul Aziz aboard the USS Quincy.

Consul General Rachna Korhonen and her husband Juha Korhonen welcomed the deputy governor of the Eastern Province, Khalid Al-Battal, and deputy governor of Alkhobar, Abdullah bin Ali Al-Seef, as the guests of honor.

Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year.

“Seventy-five years ago, two great leaders met aboard the USS Quincy. President Franklin Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz met to chart the future of our bilateral ties. This first encounter between a US president and a Saudi King laid the foundation for the broad strategic partnership the US and Saudi Arabia share today. Beyond partnership, President Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz forged a personal friendship that is at the heart of the strong ties our two countries share today,” said Korhonen.

She added: “As the first woman to be consul general here, it has been an exciting journey for me. I arrived to Dhahran in August 2017, to a country undergoing remarkable changes.  Vision 2030 has opened new possibilities, tourism opportunities are growing, women are driving and attending sporting events. I have said this many times and it is still true: I have the best job in the best place at the best time.

“Most of all, I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya (Eastern Province) who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are. I have made friendships that I know are going to last me a lifetime. When I leave here this summer, I will certainly leave a piece of my heart here but I also plan to take a little piece of your heart with me.”