Saudi team helps child soldiers become ‘peace-builders’

Saudi Ambassador to the UN Abdallah Al-Mouallimi meets a degelation from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center in New York. (SPA)
Updated 14 June 2019

Saudi team helps child soldiers become ‘peace-builders’

  • KSRelief joins UN in program to aid victims of Yemen conflict

NEW YORK: A delegation from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) met Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, to discuss its work rehabilitating Yemeni child soldiers.

KSRelief is taking part in sessions with experts from the International Coalition for the Rehabilitation of Child Soldiers, headed by Dr. Amal Al-Habdan, director of KSRelief’s Community Support Department, and members Dr. Abeer Harbi and Madawi Al-Khamis.

The coalition, which is supervised by the UN, includes 16 specialists from four continents with extensive experience in the rehabilitation of child soldiers.

The meetings highlight the role of reintegration programs in breaking the cycle of violence, reducing the risk of re-recruitment, and sharing experiences with people who have been involved in reintegration programs.

Discussions also focus on helping Yemen’s child soldiers become peace-builders and supporting positive changes in their communities.

The sessions were launched under the auspices of the secretary-general for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, and the permanent representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN, Young-Jin Choi.

The workshop discussed issues related to the needs and gaps in the reintegration programs for the child soldiers recruited in target cities to help achieve the highest level of humanitarian response in this area.

KSRelief’s participation in the workshop is part of its humanitarian work focused on children, particularly the rehabilitation of child soldiers.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

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• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.