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Arab Nations Unite in Relief Effort for Haiti

Wednesday January 27, 2010

January 27, 2010
Information: Rebecca Brown
(202) 429-9210 or rbrown@aaiusa.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON – Wednesday, January 27 – While not drawing press attention to their efforts, Arab nations have united in an effort to provide needed assistance to support the humanitarian relief work being undertaken in Haiti. The Arab American Institute (AAI) believes that their generosity should be showcased, and has compiled a list of Arab nation contributions from information available to date.

“While not covered in the US media, we felt it was important to impart this information to the American public. The people of Haiti continue to rely on the world’s compassion and generosity, and the Arab world’s response to their needs has been significant and noteworthy,” said James Zogby, Founder and President of AAI.

Countries listed in alphabetical order:

ALGERIA
Granted $1 million in emergency humanitarian aid.

BAHRAIN
Sent a disaster relief team to provide aid, pledged $1 million in relief and the Bahrain Red Crescent Society appealed for donations for Haiti.

EGYPT
Allocated medical supplies and personnel.

JORDAN
Established a 12-bed military hospital in Port-au-Prince, and are also feeding children who enter; dispatched two planes carrying a mobile field hospital, rescue team, doctors and six tons of aid supplies that include food, medicine and clothing.

KUWAIT
Sent 100 tons of food, medical supplies, tents and blankets; donated $1 million, delivered through the country’s Red Crescent Society.

LEBANON
Airlifted 25 tons of tents, 3 tons of medicine, vaccines and other supplies; sent aid workers to help in relief effort.

LIBYA
Sent shipment of relief supplies including medicine.

MOROCCO
Sent $1 million worth of medical and pharmaceutical supplies.

PALESTINE
The Council of Ministers convened in the West Bank and donated humanitarian aid, and in Gaza, individuals donated money, food and clothing to the Red Cross.

QATAR
Mobilized 26-person rescue team of soldiers, police and medical professionals; sent 50 tons of aid.

SAUDI ARABIA
Donated $50 million, which will be directed through the United Nations.

SYRIA
Airlifted 30 tons of humanitarian aid.

TUNISIA
Allocated $1 million to the United Nations Emergency Fund that was created for Haiti relief.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Contributed over $2.6 million; three UAE charities donated more than 200 tons of medical equipment, tents and blankets, food and drinking water.