KUWAIT: Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) announced yesterday distribution of 2,300 food parcels to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in coordination with Bangladesh Red Crescent Society. Each portion, handed over to a five-member family, is sufficient for two weeks, said Anwar Al-Hasawi, the KRCS Deputy Chairman and head of the society field team in Bangladesh.

He added that KRCS is continuing relief operations for the Rohingya either in coordination with local and international associations or directly by volunteers who have been doing their best to make sure that the aid supplies are delivered to those in need. The KRCS team has inspected refugees’ conditions in the region of Cox’s Bazar and a makeshift hospital built with contributions by the Kuwaiti, Bangladeshi and Qatari red crescents.

He has underlined necessity of the mission to asses needs of the refugees in general, the children, elderly and those of special needs in particular. More than 700,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled persecution in Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh since 2016. Kuwait has dispatched batches of aid to the refugees, bulk of whom live in squalid conditions.

In other news, Kuwaiti relief aid bodies operating in Yemen pledged to provide continuing assistance across the country worth a total $2.3 million amid talks with other assistance-providing Gulf countries on Thursday. The attending bodies at the meeting, held at the Riyadh-based King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, were Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry, KRCS and the Kuwait Relief Society. In the first half of 2019, some 309,000 Yemenis benefited from campaigns launched by KRCS, according to Abdulsalam Baaboud, member of the Yemeni Higher Relief Committee. These campaigns, worth a collective $3.3 million, have targeted sectors, such as food, education and water, he said. – KUNA