KSRelief launches $1 million Ramadan aid program in Afghanistan

KSRelief is actively involved in humanitarian work in various war zones and areas hit by natural calamities. (SPA)
Updated 06 May 2019

KSRelief launches $1 million Ramadan aid program in Afghanistan

  • Food distribution across Yemen continues

KABUL/MARIB, Yemen: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Monday launched relief activities worth $1 million in five Afghan provinces.

The center will distribute 20,000 food baskets among needy people in the war-torn country during the month of Ramadan. The aid program was launched in the presence of Saudi Ambassador to Afghanistan Jassim Al-Khalidi, Afghan Minister for Refugees and Repatriation Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi and other senior Afghan officials. 

KSRelief is actively involved in humanitarian work in various war zones and areas suffering from grave threats or hit by natural calamities. 

The center also distributed 3,100 cartons of meat among 12,400 needy people in different parts of Yemen’s Al-Mahra governorate. On Monday, KSRelief distributed 2,600 cartons of dates among 15,600 poor in Al-Mukalla directorate of Hadramaut governorate.

Saudi Arabia’s financial contributions to international organizations and entities have reached $929,711,258, according to official statistics. 

Development aid amounted to $493.88 billion and humanitarian aid to $353.44 billion, while philanthropic aid reached $82.381 billion.

The top five recipient countries of aid from Saudi Arabia are Yemen, Syria, Egypt, Niger and Mauritania.

Recently, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator has praised the Saudi government and KSRelief for their humanitarian work in Yemen.

Mark Lowcock sent a letter of thanks to KSRelief’s Supervisor General Abdullah Al-Rabeeah.

“I would like to thank you for participating in the ‘high-level pledging event for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen’ that took place on Feb. 26, and particularly for your government’s generous contribution to support the humanitarian response in Yemen,” Lowcock wrote.

“The event was a great success to which member states and partners pledged $2.62 billion in support of the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan,” he added.

“Your generous pledge of $750 million was central to the success of the event, and will significantly contribute to the alleviation of the suffering of the people of Yemen.”

Saudi Arabia is a key partner in the multilateral humanitarian system, Lowcock said, adding: “I look forward to our continued collaboration to ensure that together, we provide the Yemeni people with opportunities for a better future.”

The number of Yemenis who benefited last year from medical services provided by KSRelief was 2,501,897.

The center provides medical services to all Yemenis in coordination with the Yemeni Higher Relief Committee, represented by the Yemeni Ministry of Health and Population, and with local and international partners. 

The Kingdom has undertaken a number of initiatives, including a program to rehabilitate child soldiers recruited by the Houthi militias currently fighting coalition forces in the country, and the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance in Yemen.

Saudi forum to tackle world’s biggest humanitarian challenges

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Saudi forum to tackle world’s biggest humanitarian challenges

  • Almost 1,300 delegates from 80 countries to attend second Riyadh conference to focus on natural disaster, conflict victims

RIYADH: Experts from 80 countries will attend a major Saudi conference next month aimed at tackling some of the world’s biggest humanitarian challenges.

Almost 1,300 delegates are expected at the Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum, being held from March 1 to 2, to discuss action plans and improve knowledge exchange.

The event, being hosted under the patronage of King Salman and which will be attended by Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, will bring together specialists and senior decision-makers from the international humanitarian community.

Aqeel Al-Ghamdi, assistant supervisor general director for planning and development at the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and chairman of the forum’s supervisory committee, said the gathering would introduce practical and effective measures that considered the changing needs on the ground.

Forum participants will include representatives of 228 external and 156 internal bodies, 21 international and 46 governmental organizations, as well as officials and heads of international humanitarian agencies, civil society institutions, NGOs, the private sector, 11 universities and specialized research groups. There will also be 61 speakers.

In its bid to improve levels of service to victims of armed conflicts and natural disasters, the conference will tackle humanitarian issues and global trends through five main panel discussions, two media sessions and one volunteers meeting.

The panels will focus on humanitarian and development work, poverty and long-term migration challenges, displaced women and children, bridging the gap between theory and practice, and health emergencies.

On the sidelines of the forum, an exhibition will be held for humanitarian NGOs, international and UN organizations to showcase their work.

Another exhibition for humanitarian art will highlight the concept of humanitarianism in all aspects of society through paintings, sculptures, photography and digital art.

The forum’s recommendations will be presented in a comprehensive report, to be coordinated by specialists in Saudi Arabia and the UN, which will provide participants with the principles to be adopted and used in the field.

Saudi Arabia has been ranked a global fifth, and first in the Arab world, for its provision of humanitarian aid.

According to figures published by the UN Financial Tracking Service platform, the Kingdom contributed $1,281,625,265 (SR4,808,021,026 or 5.5 percent) toward the total amount of international spending on relief programs.

In Yemen, the Kingdom’s 2019 share of international humanitarian aid funding for the war-torn country amounted to $216 billion (31.3 percent).