Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), met the deputy administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Bonnie Glick, and a number of officials in Washington.
The meeting discussed the importance of cooperation between KSRelief and USAID and ways to develop this cooperation in the future to alleviate the suffering of countries in need and develop humanitarian working mechanisms to ensure the delivery of aids to their beneficiaries.
Al-Rabeeah also attended a dialogue session at the Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington, in the presence of MEI’s President Paul Salem, Senior Vice President Gerald Feierstein and a number of the institute’s members.
During the session, a presentation was made about the Kingdom’s relief and humanitarian efforts that have been implemented by KSRelief in many countries since it was founded in 2015.
Al-Rabeeah said that the amount of Saudi assistance presented to Yemen since 2015 has reached $14.5 billion, more than $2 billion of which was donated through KSRelief.
He spoke about some of the center’s qualitative projects in Yemen such as the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) which has extracted 89,761 as of September 2019, and the establishment of centers that provide artificial limbs for the victims of mines and missiles and rehabilitate them to adapt to help them lead a normal life.
Al-Rabeeah drew attention to the project to rehabilitate children under 18 years old who were recruited by Houthi militias and thrown into warzones.
He noted that the children were reintegrated back into society and presented, along with their parents, with psychological, social and educational services from specialized experts.
Afterward, Al-Rabeeah answered the audience’s questions which focused on the challenges facing Saudi humanitarian work. He confirmed that the Kingdom strives to provide humanitarian work with transparency and neutrality and include all regions of Yemen.