Dubai’s charity team arrived Sunday in Afghanistan at the refugee camp set up by the Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation (MRCHF) in Spin Boldak.
Ibrahim Mohammad Bu Melha, Dubai public prosecutor and deputy chairman of the MRCHF, headed the delegation, which was received at Quetta Airport by top government officials.
The delegation was later escorted to the foundation's camp in Spin Boldak where the head of the facility, Abdur Rahman, received them, said the Gulf News.
Bu Melha flew to Quetta in a cargo plane carrying relief goods for the Afghan refugees.
He told the Dubai-based paper that it was the third planeload of relief goods to land in Quetta, noting that “two more planes will arrive in Quetta during the next two days, carrying relief goods.”
Bu Melha said “it is a continuous process and the foundation has now built a 'bridge' to bring relief goods for Afghan refugees" taking shelter in their camp in Spin Boldak in Afghanistan, some seven kilometers from the Pakistan-Afghan Chaman border.
"The foundation is providing immediate help for the suffering Afghan refugees, following the directions of Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the crown prince of Dubai and the UAE's defense minister," he said.
He noted that he had come personally to visit the camp in order to gain first-hand knowledge about the progress made there.
"I will see what has been done so far and what needs to be done. We will expand the scope of our relief efforts and set up new camps if there is need to do so," he said.
According to the daily, the MRCHF was the first to be allowed by the Afghan authorities to set up camps inside Afghanistan.
The foundation's first camp, which comprises 1,200 tents, can shelter up to 10,000 refugees.
The foundation has already provided the refugees with food, warm clothes and blankets, in addition to setting up a field clinic, a mosque and water tanks.
Work on the second camp started on Saturday and around 500 tents were set up in just one day. Some 5,000 refugees have already taken shelter in this camp.
Another camp – which will accommodate some 10,000 more refugees who are expected to reach to that spot in the coming days - will be set up this week, the report said – Albawaba.com
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