In pictures: Dubai Ruler orders additional aid to Rohingya Refugees
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has ordered three further airlifts of relief supplies to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
In early October, HH Sheikh Mohammed ordered the creation of an open air bridge from Dubai to Bangladesh to send relief material to the refugees. The aid effort has so far seen six airlifts of crucial relief supplies to Dhaka in Bangladesh. The air bridge operated flights on 2, 11, 13 and 15 October 2017, apart from two airlifts conducted previously on 12 and 26 September 2017. The six shipments of the air bridge have transported a total of over 550 metric tons of relief material worth USD 2,308,600 (AED 8,479,718). The aid materials include food, family tents, tarpaulins, mosquito nets, sleeping mats, blankets, solar lanterns, buckets, water purification units, medical supplies, and hygiene kits. The relief is directed to over 230,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh fleeing from persecution in Myanmar. They currently live in dire humanitarian conditions in camps and makeshift settlements where they lack the most immediate necessities like food, shelter, water, and clothes. Violence in Myanmar has triggered the exodus of over 520,000 Rohingyas since last August.