Saudi Arabia distributes food to Nigerian, Yemeni refugees

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The distribution is the second such delivery of food aid to the region, and comes as part of a wider $10 million program to feed refugees in Nigeria. (SPA)
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The distribution is the second such delivery of food aid to the region, and comes as part of a wider $10 million program to feed refugees in Nigeria. (SPA)
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The distribution is the second such delivery of food aid to the region, and comes as part of a wider $10 million program to feed refugees in Nigeria. (SPA)
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The distribution is the second such delivery of food aid to the region, and comes as part of a wider $10 million program to feed refugees in Nigeria. (SPA)
Updated 13 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia distributes food to Nigerian, Yemeni refugees

  • Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief is heavily involved in the humanitarian efforts to help people affected by the conflict in Yemen

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has distributed more than 2,100 tons of food to internally displaced people in the northern Nigerian states of Borno and Yobe.
The distribution is the second such delivery of food aid to the region, and comes as part of a wider $10 million program to feed refugees in Nigeria.
The timing of the delivery coincided to help ease the pressures of renewed displacement in the region, as a result of renewed hostility between the army and terrorist group Boko Haram.
Meanwhile, KSRelief has also distributed 1,250 food baskets, weighing 92.5 tons, to internally displaced people in Yemen.
The aid, handed out to 7,500 Yemenis, concentrated on the villages of Al-Khadad, Al-Haski, Al-Hajjal, and the town of Lahj.
KSRelief is heavily involved in the humanitarian efforts to help people affected by the conflict in Yemen, so far leading and contributing to 321 projects across the country.


Saudi Arabian doctors save lives around the world with Albalsam International

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Saudi Arabian doctors save lives around the world with Albalsam International

  • Specific teams are chosen for each trip based on the needs of the country in question, says team leader Emad Bukhari

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian nonprofit Albalsam International Organization and its team of surgeons have reportedly provided medical assistance to 2,524 patients in six different countries, including Yemen and Tanzania, it announced recently.

Albalsam, which opened in Switzerland in 2017 under the leadership of Saudi cardiologist and executive director Dr. Emad Bukhari, provides free medical services to underprivileged citizens around the world. 

The organization has seven teams specializing in different areas of medicine: Cardiovascular medicine and surgery; ophthalmic medicine and surgery; pediatric medicine and surgery; cardiac catheterization; pediatric urology; intensive care; and respiratory care.

Bukhari cites Qur’an 22:77 — “O you who have believed, bow and prostrate and worship your Lord and do good — that you may succeed” — as the inspiration behind the organization.

“By the grace of God first, and then by the hard work and devotion of my team and the generous assistance of those who donate to us, we are able to do good in service of humanity,” Bukhari told Arab News.

In numbers

560 cases of eye patients.

2,524 recipients.

46 surgery for children.

Specific teams are chosen for each trip based on the needs of the country in question, he explained: “If we are urgently needed to perform surgeries, we’ll send a larger surgical team of about 10 people. If we are sending doctors to offer training or teaching, we might send four.” The necessary resources for each trip are donated by various hospitals.

The doctors do their utmost to ensure that they are able to provide follow-up care for their patients too, and monitor their recovery. 

“We do not go anywhere unless we know we have the full means to offer the proper care,” Bukhari said. 

“We ensure that the local medical teams can carry on the treatment after we leave, training them ourselves if we have to, and we even follow up on the phone or over Skype, if necessary.”

To date, the organization has provided services including open-heart surgery, cardiac catheterization therapeutic intervention surgery, cardiac ultrasound diagnosis, cataract surgery, and various pediatric surgical procedures.

Bukhari said that the organization treats all patients equally, regardless of race, creed or gender.

“Islam teaches us that saving a single life is like saving all of humanity, and that is how Albalsam contributes to the growth and expansion of its work and puts its own mark on humanitarian action.”