Dihad: Addressing issues of 'people on the move'
Officials at the opening event of the three-day Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (Dihad) on Tuesday. - Photo by Juidin Bernarrd
Dubai - The event is held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed.
Focusing on the challenges facing refugees, migrants and internally-displaced people, the three-day Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (Dihad) opened its 16th edition on Tuesday.
The event is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
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Refugee crisis is among the biggest humanitarian crises of our time. It is easy for us, the ones who have a roof above our heads and meals on the table, to feel sorry about the plight of those who had to pack off and run for their survival. We might shed a tear, too, but cannot really get under the skin of the ones who had to leave their homelands behind for a future. This initiative will help us empathise with them. Everyone should take part in it.
This year's conference was themed 'People on the Move' and talks revolved around helping refugees and migrants in their rehabilitation efforts while at the same time addressing risks and challenges facing them at different stages of migration.
"The importance of this edition stems from the fact that it discusses the fundamental issue of migration and asylum along with finding the appropriate solutions to tackle such issues," said Rashid Mubarak Al Mansouri, deputy secretary-general of local affairs at the Emirates Red Crescent.
He added: "Through this conference, we will highlight the causes that lead the youth to leave their countries and migrate away from their homes in search of a better life. We also aim to adopt initiatives that achieve youth's aspirations for stability and decent life."
Dubai delivers relief to 250,000 in 72 hrs
Back in 2006, the UNCHR (UN Refugee Agency) established its largest global stockpile in Dubai. With a total of 14,500 square metres of warehouse space, the UNHCR Dubai has the capacity to deliver basic relief needs to 250,000 people within 72 hours all over the world.
Aside from food and other basic needs, the UNHCR Dubai also delivers core relief items, including family tents, blankets, kitchen sets, jerry cans, sleeping mats, and other items for survival.