by Emma Batha
Total assistance rose for a fourth consecutive year, but the pace of growth slowed - one factor behind the slowdown may have been the lack of sudden large-scale disasters
LONDON, June 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - International humanitarian aid hit a record $27.3 billion last year, but several leading donors in the Middle East slashed their contributions, data published on Wednesday showed.
Parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the United States of America have seen extremely high May and June temperatures, with a number of records broken. The heatwaves are unusually early and are occurring as the Earth experiences another exceptionally warm year.
KUWAIT, June 13 (KUNA) Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) delivered on Tuesday its third batch of food aid to needy families in Iraq's southern Basra province.
Around 5,000 food baskets will be distributed to impoverished families in the Iraqi province all week long, said Kuwait's Consul General in Basra Yousef AlSabagh in a statement.
GAZA, June 8 (KUNA) -- The State of Kuwait has agreed to provide USD four million to the Palestinian authority for supporting the industrial and agricultural sectors, said Minister Public Works Mufid Al-Hasaynah on Thursday.
BAGHDAD, June 8 (KUNA) -- As part of "Kuwait is by your side" campaign, the United Iraqi Medical Society (UIMS) started delivering a new consignment of food relief in the holy month of Ramadan to evacuees from the conflict-ravaged Mosul city, north Iraq, on Thursday.
The assistance includes 4,000 food parcels donated by Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS), UIMS Chairman Ahmad Al-Haity said.
"A total of 750 parcels have been delivered in Al-Yarmouk district, in the western part of Mosul, and the remaining will be distributed in the coming three days.
1. Introduction and background
BEIRUT, June 6 (KUNA) The relief committee of Lebanon's Dar AlFatwa (Fatwa House) on Tuesday announced a project to provide food aid during the fasting month of Ramadan, financed by the Kuwait Awqaf Public Foundation (KAPF), and under supervision of Kuwait's Zakat House.
The project will cover 15,000 Lebanese and Syrian refugee families nationwide, head of the committee Riyadh Itani told KUNA.
Today, 2 June 2017, the United Nations General Assembly elected Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru and Poland to the UN Security Council for 2018-2019. The Netherlands was also elected for 2018. With their election, 8 of the 15 members of the Council in 2018 are “Friends of the Responsibility to Protect” – having appointed an R2P Focal Point and/or joined the Group of Friends of R2P in New York and Geneva.
RIYADH, May 21 (KUNA) Kuwait has rushed and sent several medical supplies to Yemen to help counter the recent cholera outbreak in the civil conflictravaged Arab country. "Kuwait Besides You" humanitarian campaign distributed medical aid Sunday to the hospitals in the Abyan Governorate.
In a press statement, Dr. Emad Abdulrahim, a campaign official, said that the campaign was keen on helping Yemeni people stop the spread of the deadly disease.
The medical supplies comprise necessary medications and equipment to deal with the cholera spread, he said.
Through the generous donation of the Government of Kuwait to assist the most vulnerable displaced Iraqis from Mosul, IOM has been able to provide:
18,000 mattresses and blankets distributed to more than 6,800 families
10,200 sets of winter and spring clothes distributed to both men and women
8,327 family fuel kits (40 L per family) 2,000 tents installed in Emergency Sites (1,140 in Qayara and 860 in Haj Ali)
The Kuwait Patients Helping Fund Society (KPHFS) has contributed US$ 200,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to help Palestine refugees in Gaza living with non-communicable diseases manage their conditions. The agreement will enable UNRWA to provide antidiabetic and antihypertensive medicines to approximately 78,000 Palestine refugee patients in Gaza over the course of a year.
IOM’s overall vision is to enhance good governance of migration throughout the Middle East and North Africa region, ultimately aspiring towards migration and human mobility that is humane and orderly and that benefits migrants and societies.
IOM will do so by addressing the mobility dimensions of crises affecting the region and by contributing to structural transformations in the way in which migration is approached, addressed and discussed in the Middle East and North Africa.
7 May 2017 – “I left Syria to keep my family safe. In my home in Rural Damascus, I couldn’t go to work and my children couldn’t go to school for fear of the bombs,” said Mohammed, sitting in the Syrian Cultural Centre in Cairo, Egypt with his 4-year-old son, Obai on his lap. And then, Mohammed’s face changed “I could not believe that after all we went through to escape the violence, my youngest boy, Obai, might lose his life.”
KUWAIT, May 2 (KUNA) -- The Ministry of Justice is planning to form a permanent national committee for international humanitarian law, the Minister of Justice said on Tuesday.
Minister Dr. Faleh Al-Azeb, addressing inaugural session of the seventh international humanitarian law conference, indicated it was imperative to dedicate attention to the international humanitarian laws, considering mounting tensions and conflicts among some nations.
In 2017, Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs) in the MENA region requested US$6.2 billion. The total amount received to date is $1.0 billion (16%), which leaves a shortfall of $5.2 billion (84%).
The Syria Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) requested US$5.58 billion. The total amount received to date is $1.65 billion (30%), which leaves a shortfall of $3.92 billion (70%).
IRBIL, April 26 (KUNA) -- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has distributed clothes funded by Kuwait to over 5,000 displaced Iraqi families south of Mosul.
IOM media representative Sara Ali told KUNA on Wednesday that the distribution came within the Kuwaiti grant.
Families from Mosul are in need for the aid, where they left all of their belongings in their homes, she said. She noted that the IOM has expanded the camps at Qyara, supported by Kuwait, by adding over 2,000 extra tents.
The civil war in Syria has been going on for six years. The civilians are horribly affected from the events. According to official numbers over 400.000 people lost their lives. The relief aid cannot be delivered to 1.5 million people living in 20 areas around the country. Especially children, women and elderly are trying to survive despite death risk due to hunger.
RIYADH, April 20 (KUNA) -- "Kuwait is by your side" campaign has delivered on Thursday the Jaar-Al-Hisn power grid hookup and the second phase of the Abyan water station to the municipal authorities in Greater Aden.
Secretary-General of the Municipal Council of Aden Mehdi Al-Hamed expressed gratitude to the Kuwaiti government and people for their firm support to the Yemeni people and distinguished contributions to the development projects in various fields.
By Zahra Al-Kathmi KUWAIT, April 11 (KUNA) -- Ten tons of Kuwaiti relief aid and food supplies were sent to Libya to help ease the dire humanitarian situation in the fellow Arab country, the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) said Tuesday.
KRCS Chairman of the Board, Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer told KUNA that the current batch was part of a relief aid campaign aiming at delivering 40 tons of relief aid material via planes to the Libyan people who are suffering from internal strife and violence in their country.