Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, may God protect him, the International City for Humanitarian Services flew, yesterday evening, a relief aid plane for those affected by the ongoing events in Sudan, carrying on board 80 metric tons of basic supplies. It was shipped from UNHCR’s global stockpile, in Dubai, funded by the city’s Global Humanitarian Impact Fund, at a shipping cost of $386,000.
The plane departed from Al Maktoum International Airport, heading to the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, to provide relief to those who had fled the conflict in Sudan in search of safety in neighboring countries.
The shipment, estimated at 27,000 beneficiaries, includes blankets, sleeping mats, solar lights, buckets, jerrycans, mosquito nets, plastic sheets and kitchen utensils.
His Excellency Mohamed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Humanitarian City, expressed his gratitude to the dedicated relief workers and organizations in the city as they strive to work around the clock to meet the needs of the Sudanese people.
His Excellency said: “This flight was conducted in translation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, may God protect him, and based on the role of the International Humanitarian City in facilitating urgent humanitarian relief operations and leading coordination between partners.”
His Excellency added: “The events in Sudan have caused aggravating humanitarian crises, and the International City for Humanitarian Services remains committed and ready to respond to them, and will continue to work tirelessly to facilitate the delivery of aid from all its partners in order to ensure that those affected receive the assistance they urgently need.”
A second shipment is scheduled to leave Dubai later this week on a private plane for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, may God protect him, which will transport additional shelter materials from UNHCR as well, in addition to basic communications equipment for the team. Emergency Communication and Rapid Support of the World Food Program for Emergencies.
For his part, Khaled Khalifa, Advisor to the High Commissioner and UNHCR representative to the GCC countries, said: “The humanitarian situation in Sudan and its environs is tragic, and women and children make up most of the people fleeing and seeking safety, and some of them are still in the open or under trees, while others sleep in the open. temporary shelters and lack clean water and food.
“There is an urgent need for more support to ensure that life-saving assistance arrives in a timely manner,” the spokesperson stressed.
He added, “We appreciate the support provided by the International Humanitarian City to transport much-needed relief items from UNHCR’s global stockpile in Dubai, which gives us a helping hand in providing emergency assistance to those fleeing Sudan and arriving in neighboring countries, including Chad.”
The ongoing events in Sudan have led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people, and the need for humanitarian assistance is greater than ever before. The International City for Humanitarian Services is aware of the difficult situation and urgent humanitarian needs, and provides a firm position to support its members and partners and work with them to ensure that relief arrives quickly and efficiently wherever needed.