As many as 1,847,728 people in 39 countries, including victims of wars, disasters and crises, have benefited from Qatar Charity's (QC) relief aid in the first half of 2018, the Charity has said in a press statement.
Relief initiatives constitute a significant part of QC's projects as various crises hit several countries in the region, especially Syria. QC has been a pioneer in its relief interventions, as it has a specialised administration, trained teams and field offices in more than 26 countries and it always provides relief assistance to the needy regardless of their race, religion and gender.
The internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Syria and Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon were the major beneficiaries of QC's humanitarian aid delivered during the first half of the year.
QC's aid also reached the needy in Yemen, India, Niger, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, Somalia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sudan, Ethiopia, Central Africa, Afghanistan, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chechnya, Morocco, Indonesia, Pakistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Tanzania, South Sudan, Djibouti, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania and Nepal.
The relief assistance covered a wide range of basic requirement such as winter assistance, social cohesion, livelihood, protection, shelter, non-food items, food, health, education, water and sanitation.
In terms of the number of beneficiaries and total amount, Syrian refugees were in the first place a total of 877,000 people with the distressed people in Myanmar and Somalia at the second and third places, respectively.
QC gave special importance to the education sector in view of the Syrian crisis. The Charity also paid significant attention to comprehensive relief, food supply and health sectors.
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QC has been ranked first for more than one year in the world in terms of the relief for the Syrian people at the level of humanitarian NGOs, according to the report of Financial Tracking Services (FTS) of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
"Today, the world is witnessing the highest rate of displacement in the history as a result of conflicts and humanitarian crises. Some 65.5 million people have been forced to leave their homes and villages to seek refuge. Ten million people have been denied citizenship and access to basic rights, such as education, health care, employment and freedom of movement," the Charity added.
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