Somali Government praises UAE’s initiatives to reduce effects of famine in affected areas

MOGADISHU — The Somali government praised the initiatives of the UAE and its wise leadership for rescuing the victims of drought and famine, stressing that the UAE was among the first countries that assisted during its crisis.

Hassan Ali Khaire, Somali Prime Minister, stressed that UAE initiatives have promoted the efforts of Somalia to reduce the effects of disasters on the Somali people facing difficult conditions. He also pointed out that the UAE is represented by the Emirates Red Cross, ERC, which is present in Somalia to provide better living conditions for the Somali people.

He made this statement, as he received in his office an ERC delegation headed by Fahad Abdulrahman bin Sultan, Deputy Secretary for International Assistance, which included Salem Al Ameri, Head of the ERC Branch in Al Ain, and in the presence of Mohammed Ahmed Al Hammadi, UAE Ambassador to Somalia.

Fahad Abdulrahman bin Sultan spoke about the details of the first stage of proposed development projects in Somalia in many vital sectors costing AED32.1 million, including the construction of 100 residential units, a mosque, a commercial mall costing AED5.7 million, and the construction of three dams to collect rainwater for use in times of drought costing AED4.4 million. The proposed projects also include digging four artesian wells costing AED10.6 million, the construction of two orphanages costing AED2.8 million, and the constructions of three livestock farms costing AED3.6 million, as well as providing medical supplies for vaccinations against diseases and epidemics costing AED5 million.

He added that these projects were carefully studied and are supported and supervised by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the ERC. He added that the next phase will witness the improvement of humanitarian conditions inside camps, highlighting that a plan was made to provide rescue and food aid and promote health care programmes.

He explained the initiative that was achieved by the UAE in Somalia since the launch of the campaign, “For You, Somalia”, under the directives of the wise leadership, while noting that the rescue programme is still working and has contributed in providing the basic needs of victims.

He noted that the rescue team is placing women and children on the top of its priorities, due to their special conditions and because they were greatly affected by the effects of the crisis.

The Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Mogadishu provides treatment services and medical programmes for affected people in Somalia, receiving around 400 patients daily. It is considered the first hospital in Somalia to provide services free of charge. Since its establishment in June 2015, it has treated around 50,000 patients, and it includes the departments for children, women, gynaecology, surgery, internal medicine and dentistry, while there are current plans to add more departments.

Source: Emirates News Agency