The UAE has an international reputation for humanitarian and charitable work, and has played an important role in providing relief to the affected and afflicted around the world without discrimination, becoming one of the largest donor countries for humanitarian aid. and development in the world, and its last imprint was in the Ethiopian city of Mekele, in response to the needs of families, especially women and children.
Based on the firm values of giving established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace, the United Arab Emirates sent a plane carrying 30 tons of food to the city of Mekele in the Tigray region in Ethiopia. last Saturday, as part of the humanitarian and supply bridge for the people of Tigray, which will benefit more than 7,000 people, including 5,600 women and children.
And this aid was not the first for the region, as it was preceded by two weeks, when the Emirates sent another plane with 35 tons of food to the city of Mikkeli, to meet the needs of the population in the face of food shortages due to conditions present there, and in compliance with its humanitarian approach that does not hesitate to provide emergency relief to countries and peoples in need, without discrimination and without any consideration.
So far, the number of planes sent by the UAE to Mikkeli has reached 8 planes carrying 337 tons of relief items and food, benefiting more than 80,000 people, including 63,000 women and children. Among this aid is the shipment of 200 tons of vegetable oils in cooperation. with the World Food Program to the city last year, as well as sending 18.5 tons of medical supplies as part of the global effort to tackle the Corona pandemic.
On March 10, the United Arab Emirates announced its contribution of $85 million to support humanitarian operations in Ethiopia, to be paid in coordination with the Famine Relief Fund, to various agencies, namely: the World Program of Food, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
On February 28, and in compliance with the directives of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Emirates Red Crescent Authority in Ethiopia completed the first package of “Mother of the Emirates Development Projects”, which included the establishment of 4 schools and a maternity and childhood hospital, in addition to supporting the Cardiac Surgery Center in the capital, Addis Ababa, with medicines and medical devices.
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Separately, late last year, the UAE, represented by its humanitarian arm the Red Crescent, delivered two batches of ambulances as part of a series of batches targeting the health sector in Ethiopia to support its logistics and improve its health programs, as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the humanitarian situation in various regions.
In another context, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees praised the support provided by the United Arab Emirates and its humanitarian efforts to transport supplies to Ethiopian refugees, and praised the generosity of the state in assuming the costs of the flights to transport aid to support Ethiopian refugees.