Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed Donates $2m to Aid Afghan Refugees
Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the crown prince of Dubai and the UAE's defense minister, on Tuesday donated $2 million to Afghan refugees who have been forced to flee their homes because of the current crisis, reports said.
Ibrahim Mohammed Bu Melha, the deputy chairman of the Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation's administrative board, was quoted by the Gulf News as saying that “Sheikh Mohammad has donated the money to build camps for Afghan refugees.”
He added that in the first phase, 100 camps would be built to shelter a million refugees. Each camp will consist of 1,500 tents, a clinic, 50 wells and 100 toilets.
Melha explained that the camps could either be built by the organization or in cooperation with other Arab societies.
Meanwhile, the charity has called on other humanitarian organizations and people to help the refugees, and said it would launch a fundraising campaign, said the daily.
The official said that "any amount will be welcome, we will fix no sum. We call on all to help reduce the sufferings of our brothers, especially civilians who are not involved in politics. They are the ones who will be affected."
Donations can be sent either directly to the foundation's office in Green Tower Building on Bani Yas Road or deposited in a bank account to be opened soon, the Gulf News added.
A similar appeal has been made by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the minister of state for foreign affairs and chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Society, who said Monday that the RCS would sponsor 40,000 Afghan refugees and provide them with food, shelter and healthcare.
In a statement to the official Emirati news agency (WAM), the minister said that the society would carry out projects to shelter refugees, and build a field hospital to provide comprehensive medical services and distribute food – Albawaba.com
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