UAE aid organisations show compassion to refugees

  • 21 January 2015

The Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) and the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation have pledged to continue helping refugees with the “Tarahamu” programme.

As part of Tarahamu — which means “compassion” in Arabic — two delegates from the ECSSR, in cooperation with the teams from the Emirates Red Crescent, travelled to Jordan to check the circumstances in which refugees from the Syrian civil war are living.

The delegates, along with Dr Hamdan Musallam Al Mazrouei, chairman of the board of directors at ERC, travelled to Al Kark City to deliver aid to more than 500 needy families.

The manager of the Emirati Jordanian Camp, Mubarak Al Junaibi, explained to the delegates about the services provided to the refugees so that they can lead a comfortable life, despite the harsh winter weather in the Levant.

He also said the camp has a school that offers lessons to boys and girls.

Another delegation headed by Dr Mohammed Ateeq Al falahi, secretary general of the Emirates Red Crescent, as well as Rashid Al Mansouri, member of the UAE Consulate in Iraq, visited the Qushtapa Camp in Erbil in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq.

The delegates looked at the living circumstances of the Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

They also distributed aid to the families and examined the sites where the refugees sought shelter in.

The Emirates Red Crescent is overseeing the sites and organising the distribution of services and aid.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, the Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region, also requested an electricity generator be provided to them.

The Ministry of Labour has also provided the Emirates Red Crescent a cheque for Dh20,000 as well as 15 boxes containing donated goods from the ministry’s employees.

Mubarak Al Dhaheri, the undersecretary of the ministry, said the employees had donated generously to the cause.

The ministry also created an intranet site called Bawabati — “my gateway” in Arabic — to encourage the employees to participate in the initiative.