Humanitarian chief lauds Saudi Arabia's global role

Humanitarian chief lauds Saudi Arabia's global role
Humanitarian chief lauds Saudi Arabia's global role

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Jeddah - Yasmine El Tohamy - RIYADH: Dr. Saleh Al-Tuwaijri, secretary-general of the Arab Red Cross and Red Crescent Society, praised the humanitarian and relief support provided by Saudi Arabia, and its role in alleviating the suffering of refugees and people afflicted by crises worldwide, especially in the Arab world.

This followed a recent report received by the organization about the efforts of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) up to the end of November.

Al-Tuwaijri said the support provided by KSRelief has boosted efforts to serve humanity, alleviate the suffering of those in need and support humanitarian organizations to continue their work.

He praised KSRelief’s cooperation with other Gulf donor organizations, and the comprehensiveness and diversity of its activities in various humanitarian fields.

He cited specialized voluntary medical campaigns, psychological support programs, reducing hunger, empowering women, programs to combat diseases and providing care for orphans.

According to the report, KSRelief has implemented 1,092 projects since its inception in 2015, in cooperation with 144 partners at a total cost of $4.25 billion.

Almost 88 percent of those funds have been dedicated to alleviating suffering in Yemen, Palestine, Syria and Somalia.

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• KSRelief has implemented 1,092 projects since its inception in 2015, in cooperation with 144 partners at a total cost of $4.25 billion.

• Almost 88 percent of those funds have been dedicated to alleviating suffering in Yemen, Palestine, Syria and Somalia.

In Yemen, KSRelief has organized 383 relief projects at a total cost of $2.9 billion. In Palestine, it has launched 83 projects at a total cost of $356 million. 

In Syria, KSRelief has implemented 204 projects at a total cost of $285 million. And in Somalia, it has organized 39 projects at a total cost of $180 million.

KSRelief has implemented 225 projects aimed at supporting and empowering women, at a total cost of $650 million. 

Those projects have benefitted 63 million women from many countries, including Lebanon, Yemen, Somalia, Syria and Djibouti. KSRelief is also supporting and caring for 3,436 orphans in Yemen, Lebanon and Syria.

Saudi Arabia has contributed to international programs to provide aid to refugees and support to host countries. 

It also supports international organizations and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Affairs (UNHCR). Saudi grants offered via KSRelief have exceeded $17 billion.

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