ABU DHABI, The UAE and the rest of the world will celebrate the annual World Humanitarian Day on 19th August, under this year's slogan, #Not a Target, to honour the lives of humanitarian workers who died while performing their duty.
The UAE has placed great importance on providing protection for humanitarian workers, and emergency relief aid to those affected by crises around the world, as well as humanitarian assistance to those in need through the three main pillars of its humanitarian approach - protecting civilians in humanitarian emergencies, especially women and children, working closely with local and international organisations, and strengthening the global humanitarian system through meaningful co-operation.
As part of the directives of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to support international humanitarian action, the value of the country's humanitarian assistance, including long-term aid for refugees and displaced people, amounted to AED4.48 billion (US$1.23 billion) in the three-year period between 2015 and July 2017, which contributed to saving lives, reducing suffering, and maintaining and protecting human dignity, during and after crises and emergency situations.
The UAE's humanitarian aid is not limited to providing financial support, but it also includes the martyrdom of humanitarian workers, who gave their lives during their work in Afghanistan and Yemen.
The UAE's overall humanitarian assistance has been concentrated in eight main areas, most notably its provision of humanitarian relief assistance that amounted to AED2.19 billion, accounting for nearly half of its total humanitarian aid, or 49 percent, during the three-year period.
Food aid for humanitarian emergencies came in second, totalling AED1.07 billion or 24 percent of its total aid, while 73 percent was also allocated to alleviating suffering during severe crises that affected certain countries, most notably Yemen, whose share of humanitarian assistance reached AED2.011 billion, or 44.9 percent, which was distributed to several Yemeni governorates.
A total of AED1.03 billion was also channelled to the Syrian crisis, equivalent to 23 percent of UAE's assistance during the same period, especially to support refugee camps. The combined ratio of the two countries amounted to 67.9 percent of the UAE's total assistance fund, while the total value of humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people reached AED548.1 million, and AED95.1 million went to Somalia.
In addition to relief and food aid, the health sector has also been supported with aid amounting to AED312.5 million, and shelter assistance and non-food items amounted to AED 150.9 million while water and sanitation assistance in emergency cases and security protection aid amounted to AED45.03 million and AED1.2 million respectively. Humanitarian aid accounted for about 10 percent of the UAE's total foreign aid.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK