05/23/2009 06:46 PM | WAM
Islamabad: The Red Crescent Authority distributed 300 tons of food aid to the refugees of Swat Valley and other locations in Pakistan.
The RCA moves comes inline with the orders given out by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the follow-up of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Red Crescent Authority.
The food aid consisted of basic foodstuffs such as rice, flour, cooking oil and canned foods, as well as blankets and tents.
The RCA completed the first phase of its humanitarian program of urgent aid assistance in Pakistan, where refugees are living in six camps.
Twelve lorries carrying 300 tons of aid material were taken to Swabi, around 150 kilometres from Islamabad.
Scores of refugees greeted the RCA delegation headed by Khamis Mohammad Al Suwaidi, head of the RCA branch in Sharjah.
The aid was distributed by the RCA delegation in co-operation with Pakistani officials and the Pakistani Red Crescent.
The RCA delegation visited refugees in their tents and observed first hand the difficult humanitarian situation they suffer, without the least human services.
The delegation also visited a Pakistani family who had a newborn baby during their visit, and offered the family blankets and food for the baby.
Al Suwaidi said that he was highly moved by the humanitarian dilemma suffered in the refugee camps where there are critical food and water shortages.