With aid for Yemen, UAE shows it cares

Yemen deserves peace and the UAE continues to be a partner in its recovery.

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Published: Tue 11 Aug 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Tue 11 Aug 2015, 9:54 AM

The UAE's generosity proves it is keen to share its prosperity with the less fortunate across the world. By going to the aid and assistance of Syria, Iraq, Sudan and Yemen, the country has shown that it is a friend the Arab world can rely on. The UAE has always doubled its aid response during catastrophic situations and has led from the front. Yemen is close to its heart, and the country is not only providing succour to the displaced and the destitute, it is also physically involved in helping the people of the war-ravaged country come out strongly from the crisis.
Brave Emirati military personnel from the air force and army have done the country proud in retaking Aden from the Houthi rebels. Soldiers have laid down their lives while helping Yemen secure its territorial integrity. The allocation of Dh300 million to help Yemen overcome food shortages will bring stability to the country. The UAE Red Crescent agency has already shipped in thousands of tonnes of food and medical supplies, as well as other essentials to hapless Yemenis who are suffering from war and the devastation caused by it .
Organisations from the UAE have not restricted aid supplies to one destination. Supplies are also being delivered to places that are under Houthis control, including the capital, Sanaa. That is why the UAE ranks first globally as the largest aid donor to Yemen in 2015.
It is laudable that the UAE accounts for more than 30 per cent of the total aid provided by countries around the world. The country is also actively choreographing a plan of action to broker a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
Yemen deserves peace and the UAE continues to be a partner in its recovery. More countries should take a leaf out of the UAE's book and assist the war-torn country get back on its feet again.

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