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The Emirates cargo flight being loaded at Al Maktoum International Airport. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered an aid flight to transport much needed aid to volcano-hit Goma in Democratic Republic of the Congo on the request of the humanitarian community.

An aid flight chartered by the International Humanitarian City (IHC) left Dubai from Al Maktoum International Airport at DWC for Kigali in Rwanda to deliver aid in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo. The aid consignment of 93 metric tonnes contains water purification kits from the WFP’s UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD), and Shelter Relief Items & PPE from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), all which are pre-positioned in IHC warehouses in Dubai to assist the humanitarian crisis building up in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Giuseppe Saba, Chief Executive Officer of International Humanitarian City, said: “Thanks to the generosity and ongoing support of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the International Humanitarian City in Dubai is able to respond rapidly to evolving crises globally and help those most in need. The worldwide battle against COVID-19 has made these humanitarian efforts and aid flights even more important.”

Hub response

Ilir Caushaj, Head of IFRC’s Global Fleet and Logistics Hub in Dubai, said: “The Global Logistics Hub of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Dubai is responding to the Goma volcano eruption in Rwanda by sending various relief items in the aid flight including blankets, shelter tool kits, kitchen sets, personal protection equipment, mosquito nets and others to alleviate the suffering of affected people.”

Belkacem Benzaza, UNHRD Dubai Hub Manager said: “Thanks to the in-kind flight generously provided by IHC, WFP-UNHRD in Dubai was able to facilitate the deployment of Action Against Hunger’s humanitarian equipment to Kigali to provide much needed access to safe drinking water to over 20,000 people affected by the recent volcano eruption in Goma, DRC”.