KSRelief chief briefs Finnish FM on Saudi humanitarian aid

Time: October 21, 2019  

KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah meets Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto in Helsinki on Sunday. (SPA)

HELSINKI: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, met Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto in Helsinki on Sunday.

Al-Rabeeah briefed Haavisto on humanitarian projects being provided by the center to needy people throughout the world. These have so far reached 1,062 projects, most of which are allocated to the Yemeni people.

The projects are being implemented in cooperation with local partners and specialized UN organizations.

Haavisto expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom’s humanitarian efforts through the center and their importance in alleviating the suffering of many countries.

Also in a symposium held in Helsinki, Al-Rabeeah said that the Kingdom was doing its utmost to support the needy in countries affected by natural disasters or conflicts, to alleviate their suffering and provide decent livelihoods for them.

Minister of Local Administration and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Relief in Yemen Abdul-Raqeeb Fatah thanked the Kingdom for the humanitarian projects provided to his country. He said that the center had become an international symbol of relief despite its short life.

Dr. Ville Brummer, a program director at the Finnish Crisis Management Initiative, said that the aid allocated by the Kingdom for relief work and assistance to countries made it one of the leading contributors in this area. What distinguished the Saudi assistance was that it was provided for the relief of victims and not for other purposes, he said.

Brummer expressed his hope of finding ways of cooperation and fruitful partnership between Finland and KSRelief to serve the needy and spread humanitarian work in all countries.

The symposium was attended by Saudi Ambassador to Finland Faisal bin Ibrahim Ghulam, political leaders, members of the diplomatic corps in Finland, human rights and humanitarian organizations, and academic figures.

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Saudi relief center delivers school supplies to Syrian refugees

Time: October 14, 2019  

Over two decades, Saudi Arabia has delivered $87 billion in humanitarian aid to 81 countries. (SPA)

Since 2014 more than 1,011 humanitarian aid programs worth $3.5 billion have benefitted 44 countries, primarily Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Iraq

AMMAN: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Sunday continued its flood-relief operations in Jordan, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The center distributed school bags and stationery items to 1,152 Syrian students in refugee camps in the Jordanian capital Amman.
The director of KSRelief’s offices in Jordan, Dr. Bader Al-Samhan, affirmed his organization’s keenness to support the children of Syrian refugees and provide them with basic educational needs.
Meanwhile KSRelief, in cooperation with Al-Khair Coalition for Humanitarian Relief, distributed humanitarian assistance in Yemen’s Saada region. According to officials, as many as 357 food baskets were given away, benefiting 2,142 people.
Over two decades, Saudi Arabia has delivered $87 billion in humanitarian aid to 81 countries.
Since 2014 more than 1,011 humanitarian aid programs worth $3.5 billion have benefitted 44 countries, primarily Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Iraq. 

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Saudi humanitarian organization continues to provide aid to flood victims in Yemen

Time: October 08, 2019  

KSRelief distributed 732 food baskets to 4,392 people affected by Hurricane Hikka in Tuban District, Luhaj governorate, Yemen. (SPA)
  • KSRelief has implemented more than 1,057 projects in 44 countries in collaboration with 168 partners

RIYADH/MARIB: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Monday continued its flood-relief operations in parts of Yemen.
The center distributed, in cooperation with Ittilaf Al-Kheir charity, 57 tents, 114 blankets and 57 food baskets among 342 flood victims in Jufaina camp in Yemen’s Marib governorate.
The center also distributed 42 tents, 210 blankets, 84 rugs and 42 food baskets, benefiting 252 people in Al-Abr District, Yemen.
In another relief mission, the center distributed 732 food baskets to 4,392 people affected by Hurricane Hikka in Tuban District, Luhaj governorate, Yemen.
This comes within the urgent humanitarian aid provided by KSRelief, Saudi Arabia’s relief arm, for those affected by the hurricane, which hit Yemen recently and caused devastating floods.
KSRelief also signed a joint cooperation agreement with the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO) in Riyadh on Sunday, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The agreement was co-signed by KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah and ARCO Secretary-General Dr. Saleh bin Hamad Al-Tuwaijri.
The two organizations agreed to cooperate in sharing knowledge, field experience, research, studies, innovation, capacity building, supporting volunteer programs, cooperation in humanitarian work, consultation, meetings, transparency and information sharing.

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Saudi humanitarian agency repatriates 143 Somalis from Yemen

Time: October 06, 2019  

Saudi aid agency repatriated 143 Somalis stranded in Yemen. (SPA)
  • UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch said Somalis comprise 90 percent of refugees in Yemen, or some 250,000 people

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) repatriated 143 Somalis stranded in Yemen this week, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.
Last year, KSRelief repatriated as many as 2,000 Somali refugees from Yemen. The Voluntary Repatriation Program was initiated by KSRelief in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), whose spokesman Joel Millman said 46 men, 41 women, 26 boys and 30 girls set off by boat from Aden on Sept. 30 and arrived at the Somali port of Berbera.
Their relocation was possible thanks to funding from KSRelief, which is working in partnership with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to facilitate the movement of people returning from Yemen, Millman added.
He said since KSRelief started funding the project in November 2018, 1,505 Somali returnees have been assisted.
He added that the project aims to facilitate safe and dignified movements from Yemen, and to contribute to reintegrating returnees in a sustainable way.
UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch said Somalis comprise 90 percent of refugees in Yemen, or some 250,000 people.
Meanwhile, KSRelief transported 10 injured Yemenis to Saudi Arabia to receive medical care at the center’s expense. Yemeni officials commended KSRelief’s efforts and concern for the wounded.

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KSRelief hosts seminar with UN on the role of humanitarian aid

Time: October 04, 2019  

King Salman Relief Center organizes a symposium in Paris. (SPA)
  • Al-Rabeeah stressed that Saudi Arabia, as one of the largest donors of humanitarian assistance

PARIS: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) organized a symposium titled “the role of humanitarian aid in supporting science and knowledge in the affected areas” and an exhibition at the headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris on Wednesday.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of KSRelief, said that since joining UNESCO as a founding member in London in 1946, the Kingdom has undertaken many initiatives to alleviate the suffering of the needy around the world by carrying out humanitarian and relief projects.

He added that in light of the increasing variables of crisis situations and humanitarian emergencies, there is a need to keep abreast of the latest developments to fulfil the goals of sustainable development, most notably the eradication of poverty, education for all, gender equality and decent employment opportunities.

Al-Rabeeah stressed that Saudi Arabia, as one of the largest donors of humanitarian assistance, is seeking to move forward in the completion of its international achievements to help the needy in cooperation with the UN. He said that the Kingdom is achieving this by launching pioneering initiatives to support young generations in disaster-stricken societies for a prosperous future.

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Saudi Arabia a beacon of humanitarian action: KSRelief chief

Time: October 03, 2019  

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of KSRelief. (AFP/File)
  • Since 1996, Saudi Arabia has donated more than $92.4 billion to 84 countries

BRUSSELS: Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), said on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia has made a significant contribution to alleviating the pain of the injured and the needy and called the Kingdom “a monumental edifice and beacon of humanitarian action in the world.”

Al-Rabeeah was giving a presentation on Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian work at a panel discussion in Brussels, in the presence of the head of the Kingdom’s mission to the EU, Ambassador Saad bin Mohammed Al-Arifi, and officials and leaders of international and European humanitarian organizations.

Al-Rabeeah pointed out that, since 1996, Saudi Arabia has donated more than $92.4 billion to 84 countries, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Al-Rabeeah also met Joanneke Balfoort, the Netherlands’ representative to the Political and Security Committee of the EU. They discussed a number of issues pertaining to aid and humanitarian relief. SPA Brussels

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KSRelief chief, European Parliament official discuss cooperation prospects

Time: October 01, 2019  

The supervisor general of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, held a meeting with Anna Fotyga, member of the European Parliament from Poland, during which they discussed prospects of cooperation between KSRelief and the EU in the field of humanitarian works.

Al-Rabeeah also briefed the European official on the overall activities of the Riyadh-based humanitarian center and on the different projects it is carrying out in various countries around the world.

Ambassador Saad bin Mohammed Al-Arifii, head of the Saudi mission to the EU, was also present.

According to a KSRelief report, more than 1,011 humanitarian aid programs worth $3.5 billion have benefitted 44 countries since 2014.

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Saudi aid chief chief meets ICRC, UNICEF officials in New York

Time: September 29, 2019  

KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah meets Henrietta Fore, UNICEF executive director, in New York on Saturday. (SPA)

NEW YORK: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has been praised for its work helping the world’s needy at a top-level meeting in New York.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of KSRelief met with Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), at the headquarters of the Kingdom’s permanent mission to UN in New York. The two men discussed strengthening cooperation between the center and the ICRC to provide primary health care, emergency medical treatment and physical rehabilitation services in Yemen and other countries.

Maurer praised the humanitarian and relief efforts provided by the Kingdom around the world.

Al-Rabeeah also met Henrietta Fore, UNICEF executive director, to discuss joint programs in support of children in need around the world, especially in Yemen and Syria, and among the Rohingya refugee population.

Fore thanked the Kingdom for its support for UNICEF, which contributes significantly to the implementation of development projects benefiting millions of children.

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Saudi aid agency KSRelief appeals to resolve Rohingya crisis

Time: September 27, 2019  

Rohingya Muslim refugees who were stranded after leaving Myanmar walk towards the Balukhali refugee camp in Bangladesh. (AFP/File)
  • Al-Rabeeah says the Rohingya minority have been subjected to systematic violations against human rights

NEW YORK: Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), participated in the donors’ conference to support the Rohingya refugees held at the UN headquarters in New York.

Al-Rabeeah said the Rohingya minority have been subjected to systematic violations against human rights, resulting in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of them outside the borders of their state. Since August 2017, more than 1.2 million Rohingya have been displaced outside Myanmar.

He also stressed the Kingdom’s leading role in receiving over the last 40 years nearly 250,000 Rohingya, providing them and their families with health care services, free education and job opportunities at a cost of nearly $2 billion during the past five years.

Al-Rabeeah added that KSRelief worked with five partners through which it was able to implement 20 projects in various fields and provide educational services for children of Rohingya refugees.

He recalled that Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf announced the Kingdom’s contribution of $10 million to support the joint response plan for the Rohingya humanitarian crisis for 2019.

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KSRelief New York exhibit showcases Saudi projects

Time: September 27, 2019  

The New York exhibition of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has received a huge audience during this week’s UN General Assembly in the city. (SPA)
  • Visitors to the exhibition were briefed on the relief and humanitarian projects provided by the Kingdom to Yemen and 44 countries around the world
  • They expressed their admiration for the relief and humanitarian action they witnessed

NEW YORK: The New York exhibition of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has received a huge audience during this week’s UN General Assembly in the city.
The exhibition highlighted Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian efforts accompanying the activities of the Assembly at its 74th session.
Visitors to the exhibition were briefed on the relief and humanitarian projects provided by the Kingdom to Yemen and 44 countries around the world, in the areas of food security, health, protection, emergency relief, education and shelter programs for the displaced.
The exhibition also highlighted the efforts exerted in the Saudi program to remove mines planted by the Houthi militia in Yemen, which cleared nearly 90,000 mines.
The exhibition also included the center’s project for artificial limbs that manufactures and provides devices and rehabilitation programs.
The visitors expressed their admiration for the relief and humanitarian action they witnessed, praising Saudi Arabia’s outstanding efforts to serve humanitarian action around the world.
The exhibition has been visited by Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Al-Assaf; Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir; Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa; Yemeni Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Hadrami; and a number of ministers from participating countries and officials of the UN and other international organizations.

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