Kuwait starts aid campaign for people affected by the earthquake in Syria and Turkey

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 11, : The “Kuwait by your side” campaign to help people affected by the earthquake in Syria and Turkiye kicked off on Saturday with live stream on KTV. The campaign will receive donations from 12 pm today until midnight. The campaign, organized by the Ministry of Social Affairs, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Interior, is tasked by the Cabinet to collect donations as part of Kuwait’s continuous humanitarian role. Minister of Social Affairs and Community Development and Women and Children’s Affairs Mai Al-Baghli had previously stated that this campaign aims to ease the suffering of those affected by the deadly earthquake that killed thousands in Syria and Turkiye and destroyed buildings and houses.

The Kuwaiti Red Crescent sends 42 tons of medical supplies and medicines to those affected by the Turkey earthquake

The fundraising campaign, called “Kuwait by Your Side”, also directed by His Highness Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, is meant to alleviate the woes and anguish of quake-affected people in Turkiye and Syria, said Abdulrahman Al-Mutairi while launching the initiative in a televised statement. No sooner had the powerful earthquake struck southern Turkiye and northern Syria than Kuwait, at both official and unofficial levels, moved to stand side by side with both Syrian and Turkish peoples, reflecting Kuwait’s enduring commitment to aiding the needy, said Al-Mutairi, who also doubles as minister of state for youth affairs.

He underlined the media coverage by the Ministry of Information, through its bodies, correspondents and Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), for the powerful earthquake, along with Kuwait’s relief efforts for quake-hit people. The minister urged Kuwaiti citizens and residents alike to join the fundraising initiative in order to ease out the agony of both Turkish and Syrian peoples in the aftermath of the 7.8 earthquake that rocked Turkiye and Syria. Meanwhile, the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) announced on Saturday that 42 tons of medical supplies were sent to those affected by the devastating earthquake that hit Turkiye recently. Speaking to KUNA, KRCS’s Chairman Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer said that the current batch of supplies was part of Kuwait’s overall campaign to aid those affected by the devastating earthquake, which hit southern Turkiye and northern Syria last Monday. Al-Sayer commended the assistance provided by both the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs to the KRCS in this humanitarian campaign.

He reiterated calls towards civil society and private sector to up support towards the current “Kuwait by Your Side” humanitarian campaign, revealing that the KRCS had already sent 100 tons of aid to Turkiye. On Friday, the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) signed a USD five million international cooperation deal to help those affected by the catastrophic earthquake hitting northern Syria. Speaking to KUNA, KRCS’s chairman Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer revealed that the deal was signed in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS).

The deal would be geared towards providing urgent humanitarian relief aid and necessary items to those affected by the earthquake. Foodstuff, medical assistance, and tools to erect shelters were essential part of the deal, he indicated. Al-Sayer noted that the deal was signed as part of the KRCS commitment to the directives of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah who called for providing immediate assistance to those affected by the earthquake that hit southern Turkiye and northern Syria. Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) said on Saturday it is keeping in touch with international organizations to deliver relief aid to earthquake-hit people in Turkiye.

The charity is working with United Nations (UN) agencies and bodies, along with humanitarian partners, including government and nongovernmental organizations, to deliver aid to Turkiye in the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that struck Turkiye on Monday, according to a KRCS statement. A team of KRCS volunteers is currently in Turkiye to provide humanitarian aid for needy families, in coordination with international partners, it said. The KRCS’ humanitarian efforts in Turkiye only reflects Kuwait’s unwavering commitment to dispatching relief aid to all people in need across the world, it added.

The KRCS has so far sent more than 100 tons of relief and humanitarian aid to quake-hit areas in southern Turkiye in a bid to ease out the reflections of the magnitude 7.8 quake that hit southern Turkiye on Monday and has killed over 20,000 people. The State of Kuwait plays an integral role in relief aid and humanitarian efforts worldwide, said an international official on Saturday. Speaking to Kuwait Television on the sideline of “Kuwait by Your side” campaign for earthquake-stricken Turkiye and Syria, Hossam Al-Sharqawi — Regional Director at International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for Middle East and North Africa — lauded the relentless efforts carried out by the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) in the current campaign (KUNA)

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