Awqaf, the Islamic affairs and endowments authority, has donated Dh1 million to Emirates Red Crescent’s ‘For You Somalia’ campaign, as part of the organisation’s relief efforts abroad.
The campaign was launched in response to a looming famine that has left an estimated 360,000 children suffering from acute malnutrition.
A public fundraising campaign will be launched later this week and the charity hopes to distribute up to Dh500 million in aid.
The drive comes as the UAE marks 2017 as ‘#Year of Giving’ and adds to the UAE’s recent classification as the world’s most generous donor aid, said Dr Mohammed Matar Al Kaabi, Awqaf Chairman, who presented the cheque to Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al-Falahi, Emirates Red Crescent’s secretary-general.
Last week, Emirates Red Crescent said food, water, medicine and other necessities will be shipped to Somalia help people there survive their third famine in 25 years.