UAE launches first global initiative to help displaced in Waziristan

ISLAMABAD: The administration of the U.A.E. Project to Assist Pakistan, U.A.E. PAP, has begun implementing the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to provide urgent humanitarian aid and food supplies, valued at U.S.$2.5 million, to 50 thousand families in displaced persons’ camps in the Bannu district of Pakistan.

The initiative is the first of its kind to relieve those who fled from military operations in the Western region of Waziristan, from hunger and malnutrition. It is said that more than 400,000 displaced people fleeing violence in the region arrived in Bannu last week.

The first U.A.E. humanitarian aid convoy is due to leave Islamabad on Tuesday to reach the families on Wednesday, before the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

The Project’s administration said that the aid comes within the framework of the generous initiatives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and his continuous efforts to help the poor and needy and to provide them with a respectable and decent life.

The U.A.E. PAP said that 3,550 tonnes of food rations will be distributed in the form of 71kg food baskets, each containing various food products such as flour, rice, dates, sugar, salt, lentils, oil and tea, sufficient for one person. These aid baskets will be delivered to help protect against hunger and malnutrition in the immediate future.

The U.A.E. PAP has distributed 103,000 food baskets since 2012, valued at $5.520 million, to displaced families in various districts across the country.