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The Gulf countries will celebrate Wednesday,
October 23, the GCC Red Crescent Societies' Day.
In March of 2017, Gulf humanitarian officials decided to dedicate the day
to celebrate the societies' relief aid efforts.
A number of festivities and activities will be held all over the GCC region
during the celebrations.
The GCC Red Crescent Day will continue this year to focus on the
humanitarian efforts in the war torn country of Yemen.
Although the conflict in Yemen continues to preoccupy people with
destruction, famine, and displacement of families, GCC countries took charge
in providing urgent aid to Yemeni people through humanitarian and development
packages totaling around USD 22 billion.
Such vital assistance has strengthened Gulf States' charitable role and
humanitarian work on both the official and popular fronts, which is a
continued measure that helped to heal the wounds of those who are distressed.
GCC countries have provided Yemen with around USD 11.5 billion in
development aid since November 2006, and another 10.4 billion from 2015 to
The Gulf Red Crescent Societies played a major role in alleviating the
suffering of Yemeni brethren through providing them with a number of vital
projects that helped them in their daily lives and met their basic needs.
According to statistics issued by the GCC General Secretariat in September
2018, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have provided USD 1.25
billion, or 42.2 percent of the global humanitarian response to Yemen, while
the global humanitarian aid estimate reached USD 2.96 billion in 2018.
Since 2006, GCC countries have shared development assistance to Yemen, with
Kuwait totaling around USD 709.4 million, the UAE USD 2.9 billion, including
USD 1.5 billion since 2015, and Saudi Arabia nearly USD five billion.
Oman has provided USD 100 million, Qatar USD one billion, and Bahrain USD 4.
In terms of humanitarian assistance, Gulf countries provided humanitarian
assistance since 2015 and until September 2018 another generous sum.
With Kuwait providing USD 350 million, Saudi Arabia with USD 8.4 billion,
including an exemption for health and education fees for Yemenis inside Saudi
Arabia, Qatar provided USD 419 million, with UAE providing USD 1.3 billion,
and Bahrain with USD one Million.
Furthermore, Gulf countries' aid and grants to Yemen have varied in all
areas, including food and relief assistance, humanitarian needs, health,
education, electricity, water and shelter projects.
The GCC countries have also been quick to rescue those affected by
hurricanes through operating emergency air and land relief bridges to help
those affected in Yemen, which played a decisive role.
In 2019, GCC countries took part in the Geneva conference to provide
humanitarian funding to the situation in Yemen. The Gulf countries provided
USD 1.7 million with Kuwait contributing around USD 250 million while Saudi
Arabia and the UAE offering each an identical sum of USD 500 million. The
event gathered around USD 4.2 billion in aid from participants.
On his part, Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) Vice President Anwar
Al-Hasawi told KUNA that Kuwait has always been helping those in need
globally, without discrimination.
Kuwait extended a helping hand to the Yemeni brothers to alleviate their
suffering, which according to the United Nations, the crisis in Yemen has
become the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, where about 22 million
people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, Al-Hasawi explained.
He added that is why His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber
Al-Sabah has swiftly contributed with USD 100 million to improve the situation
there in Yemen.
Al-Hasawi noted that the Kuwaiti aid covered various aspects such as
medicine, food, as well as education from building or renovating schools,
paintings, school supplies, and water and electricity projects.
Providing his input, head of the Yemeni Higher Relief Committee Abdulraqeeb
Fattah lauded the GCC countries for their humanitarian put for Yemen, saying
that it has an impact on somehow elevating the dire situation of Yemenis
suffering from war.
The Yemeni legitimate government and the GCC countries are working closely
to provide necessary humanitarian aid to the people of Yemen who are suffering
from a humanitarian crisis started by the Houthi militia.