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Humane aid meet opens
BY JAMIL KHAN March 22, 2017
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DUBAI: The three-day Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD) has started with the focus of “The Impact of Crises & Disasters on Children.”

The exhibition was inaugurated by Ibrahim Bumelha, Cultural and Humanitarian Adviser of Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Chairman of DIHAD Higher Committee, President of DISAB, and was held at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre. The 14th edition is being held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed.

Ibrahim Bumelha was accompanied by Dr Mohammaed Atiq Al Falahi, Secretary General of the Emirates Red Crescent, Helle Thorning Schmidt, CEO, “Save The Children International”, former prime minister of Denmark and a number of ambassadors, local and international dignitaries.

In his opening speech, Bumelha addressed an audience of international organisations and associations as well as several top notch leaders and speakers in the field, saying: “Every year, Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition – DIHAD brings together leading humanitarian agencies and organisations to convene and exchange their experiences, to discuss key humanitarian issues, to highlight the most important challenges facing crisis-stricken countries, and to improve the response of international organisations and agencies to cope with crises that keep increasing year after year, and with it come more weak and vulnerable victims, especially women and children.”

Dr Mohammed Atiq Al Falahi, speaking on behalf of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Representative of the Ruler of Abu Dhabi in the Western Region and President of the UAE Red Crescent Authority, said: “The importance of this edition of Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition – DIHAD – stems from reviewing critical issues related to children and their ability to obtain their basic rights of health, education, food, and a safe and decent life. The UAE has always acknowledged those rights and worked diligently to support and promote them through a number of initiatives aimed at child victims in various crisis-stricken countries such as Yemen, Syria and Iraq, as well as countries in Africa. Those countries are currently experiencing a famine outbreak, and a vicious spread of severe acute malnutrition.”

Helle Thorning Schmidt, CEO, Save The Children International, Former Prime Minister of Denmark, said: “We owe it to the children of Syria, and all children in armed conflict, to do everything we can to end their suffering. We have to step up now. Inaction has consequences: violence and conflict are a vicious generational cycle.”

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