Sheikh Mohammed sends personal plane with Dhs1 million of aid to Madagascar

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has ordered for 100 tonnes of emergency supplies to be sent to Madagascar, after Cyclone Enawo left 38 dead, 180 injured and around 65,000 residents displaced.

The aircraft was personally supplied by Sheikh Mohammed, who loaded it with Dhs1 million of aid organised by Dubai’s International Humanitarian City (IHC), WAM reports.

Among the supplies sent are medicine, shelter kits and high-energy foods.

The cyclone, which dissipated on Sunday was described as the most powerful to hit Madagascar in the last 13 years, affecting a total of 760,000 people across Madagascar’s nine regions.

This isn’t the first time…

A few months ago, Sheikh Mohammed made a similar gesture, sending a personal plane stocked with Dhs1.3 million of supplies after Haiti was hit by Hurrice Matthew.

His wife, HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein personally manned the delivery of the supplies to Haiti’s Port-au-Prince following the disaster.

منطقتنا مليئة بالمآسي الانسانية ولهذا السبب نشعر أحياناً بالخيانة عند مساعدة الأخرين. ولكن عندما ترى القوات العربية في العمل، وعندما ترى شعب بلا أمل ممتن للابد…فانني اشكر الله مراراً وتكراراً على منحي الفرصة لأكون جزءًا من هذا. شكراً لدولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة We have so many human tragedies in our Region, that some times it feels like betrayal to help anyone else. But when you do, when you see Arab Troops in action, when you see a people without hope, who are eternally grateful… I can only thank God, again and again, to have been a part of this. Thank you UAE, we made a better world.

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The UAE is no stranger to foreign aid, ranking as the biggest donor relative to its national income, with over 1 per cent of the country’s gross national income going towards the cause, according to figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC).

“The UAE gave Dhs32 billion in aid [in 2015] Princess Haya said at the World Government Summit last month.

“The UAE will continue in line with the Year of Giving to be one of the most humanitarian countries in the world.

“The goal of our leadership is clear, which is to build a future city of security and humanitarian. It is our responsibility, it is our humanity that future generations will hold us accountable for.”

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