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06 December 2023

UAE charities in Socotra aid drive

By Wam

In cooperation with Emirates Red Crescent, Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF), through its ‘Salma Humanitarian Relief Programme’, provided more than 70,200 ready-to-eat, pre-packed and highly nutritious halal meals to the people of the Socotra Yemeni Islands.

Located in the Indian Ocean, Socotra is an archipelago of four small isolated islands, which are still recovering from the ravaging consequences of the tropical cyclone Megh.

Salma programme distributes highly nutritious, 100 per cent halal meals to regions of the world ravaged by war and natural disasters cutting across class, religion and colour.

The programme, which draws on sustainable Waqf funding as well as donations from citizens and residents in the UAE, is considered to be an exemplary initiative as part of Dubai’s commitment to be the global capital of Islamic economy.

‘Gulf Today’ quoted Tayeb Al Rais, Secretary-General of AMAF, as saying, "Salma Humanitarian Relief Programme targets all those impacted by wars and natural disasters.

It’s humanitarian mandate is global. This particular donation is close to our hearts as it concerns Socotra, an integral part of Yemen. Given the deep-rooted and long-standing historical relations between our two countries, Yemen receives special attention and assistance whenever possible from the UAE leadership and people."

He added: "Islam is a religion of generosity and benevolence. The UAE seeks to embody the culture and values of this great religion through its cross-cultural humanitarian initiatives. Salma distributes meals and hope to anyone afflicted by wars and disasters regardless of colour, religion or ethnicity. This programme embodies the noble values of Islam."

The Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation have the next shipments of Salma ready to be sent wherever and whenever required to assist in restoring hope by relieving human suffering and hunger.