x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Red Crescent airlifts relief to Sudan

The UAE Red Crescent Authority has distributed tens of tonnes of food, clothes, blankets and other relief materials to southern Sudan, the state news agency WAM reports.

The UAE Red Crescent Authority has distributed tens of tonnes of food, clothes, blankets and other relief materials to southern Sudan, the state news agency WAM has reported. The Red Crescent sent supplies to people in Buma Mountain, Jonglei state, 700km east of Juba, an area where diarrhoea, malaria, typhoid, and waterborne diseases are common, especially among children. The authority also distributed food and clothes for children and patients at Juba Educational Hospital.

The initiative was part of a relief programme launched by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, chairman of the Red Crescent Authority and the Ruler's Representative in Al Gharbia, to improve the humanitarian situation in southern Sudan. Aid workers carried the consignment from Juba to Buma Mountain in a C-130 aircraft capable of operating from unprepared runways. The visit is the first by an Arab delegation.

* The National