His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered urgent humanitarian assistance to the sisterly country of Somalia to support efforts to combat the new Corona epidemic “Covid-19” there, in addition to lending a hand and helping those affected by the devastating floods that Somalia was struck by the recent heavy rains in East Africa.
The directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum come in a quick response to the appeal of the World Health Organization and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, as the International City for Humanitarian Services immediately operated a flight to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, with more than 35 tons of medical equipment and aid on board. Humanitarian support that would enhance Somalia’s ability to respond to the Corona epidemic, as well as support relief and subsistence operations for the thousands of people affected by the floods who were forced to abandon their homes due to the torrents, and then provide them with the necessary living essentials.
Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Supervision of the International City for Humanitarian Services, Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Shaibani, said, “We immediately worked to implement the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to ensure that the rapid response of the International City for Humanitarian Services to be a realistic translation of His Highness’s vision to establish this city to provide a supportive platform with Highly reliable and reliable logistical capabilities to host, facilitate and assist organizations, bodies and individuals working in the field of relief and serving the needy, so that they can work together as one influential force to improve the difficult conditions that the residents of different areas of World and alleviate their suffering. ”
For his part, the representative of the World Health Organization in Dubai, Robert Blanchard, expressed his appreciation for the generous gesture of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which comes in the framework of His Highness’s constant desire to initiate relief for all who are in crisis and confirm the approach of the UAE in lending a helping hand For every needy person at all times, especially in times of crisis and disasters, stressing that His Highness provides the model and role model in supporting humanitarian efforts aimed at alleviating the suffering of people everywhere, noting the great positive impact of the continued support that His Highness provides to the efforts of the World Health Organization, both through directing the conduct of flights for endeavors. Humanitarian and relief assistance, as well as through the great services that the International City of Humanitarian Services provides to the entire humanitarian community.
“By sending more than 160 shipments to 100 countries, WHO continues to support front-line health-care workers with the Covid-19 response worldwide by providing them with emergency supplies, including personal protective equipment and laboratory diagnostics,” Blanchard added. For his part, CEO of the International Humanitarian City, Giuseppe Saba said: “Combining shipments destined to fight Covid 19 and helping flood-affected populations in Somalia demonstrates the ability of the International City for Humanitarian Services to ensure preparedness to respond to major emergencies that It affects large numbers of people, without ignoring other natural disasters or complex emergencies that may arise in this difficult period. ” “We are very proud to continue to work with our global humanitarian community based here in Dubai to help everyone in need and help,” he added.
Nadia Jabbour, Director of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the United Arab Emirates, expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for the continuous and generous support of His Highness, with its great impact in enhancing the ability of UNHCR to respond effectively and provide immediate assistance to the population Affected people, through the support that you also find from the International City for Humanitarian Services.
Jabour said: “UNHCR is proud of its strategic partnership with the International City for Humanitarian Services and appreciates its great support for the efforts of UNHCR during the past years to meet the humanitarian needs of refugees and displaced people around the world.” She added: “UNHCR runs air bridges parallel with the dispatch of marine shipments to deliver emergency aid, including water.” Drinking, rations, blankets, blankets and essentials to help the thousands of displaced Somalis affected by the floods.
The director of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the UAE indicated that since the beginning of this year, more than 200,000 Somalis have been internally displaced due to climatic disasters and conflicts, and said: “We fear that these emergencies with the spread of Covid-19 will lead to devastating consequences, unless There has been a strong and coordinated response from the international community and humanitarian actors. ”