Dubai ruler orders further aid airlifts for Rohingya refugees

Sheikh Mohammed orders three more missions to help refugees in Bangladesh
Dubai ruler orders further aid airlifts for Rohingya refugees
By Staff writer
Mon 16 Oct 2017 01:40 PM

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered three further airlifts of relief supplies to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

In early October, 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 October 2, 11, 13 and 15, as well as two airlifts conducted previously in September.

The six shipments of the air bridge have transported a total of over 550 metric tons of relief material worth $2.3 million.

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.

The International Humanitarian City in Dubai has so far seen 12 flights sent this year to crisis-stricken countries around the world, benefiting thousands of people affected by disaster and conflict.

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