First lady makes debut appearance on Omani women’s day

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Dr. Fatima Mohammed Al-Ajmi receives her medal from Ahad bint Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Busaidiyah. (Supplied)
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Ahad bint Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Busaidiyah at Seeb Palace. (Supplied)
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Updated 17 October 2020

First lady makes debut appearance on Omani women’s day

LONDON: Oman’s first lady made her first appearance on Saturday when she bestowed royal awards to a number of women on the country’s women’s day.
Ahad bint Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Busaidiyah hosted a ceremony at the Seeb Palace during which she awarded the Royal Commendation Medal to several women.


Among the recipients of the award was the Omani Ministry of Health’s Undersecretary for Administrative, Financial, and Planning Affairs Dr. Fatima Mohammed Al-Ajmi.


UN says Sudan needs $150 million to help Ethiopian refugees

Updated 28 November 2020

UN says Sudan needs $150 million to help Ethiopian refugees

  • The conflict broke out on November 4 between Ethiopia’s federal forces and leaders of the region’s ruling party
  • Sudan has since hosted more than 43,000 Ethiopian refugees fleeing from the intense fighting into one of its most impoverished regions

UM RAQUBA, Sudan: Sudan needs $150 million in aid to cope with the flood of Ethiopian refugees crossing its border from conflict-stricken Tigray, the UN refugee agency chief said Saturday during a visit to a camp.
The Tigray conflict broke out on November 4 between Ethiopia’s federal forces and leaders of the region’s ruling party.
Sudan has since hosted more than 43,000 Ethiopian refugees fleeing from the intense fighting into one of its most impoverished regions.
“Sudan needs $150 million for six months to provide these refugees water, shelter and health services,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi at Um Raquba camp, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the border.
Grandi called on “donors to provide Sudan with these resources as soon as they can.”
Between 500 and 600 refugees are still crossing the border each day.
Sudan has sought to provide help to accommodate the mass refugee influx as it struggles with its own deep economic crisis.
The country is also going through a fragile transition since the April 2019 ouster of veteran strongman Omar Al-Bashir, after unprecedented mass protests against his rule, triggered by economic hardship.
Some 65 percent of Sudan’s nearly 42 million people live below the poverty line, according to government figures.
As the Tigray fighting rages, Grandi also voiced concern over the fate of tens of thousands of Eritrean refugees living in Ethiopia for decades.
“We don’t have access to them,” he said, urging the Ethiopian government to authorize visits by the United Nations.