Princess Haya Makes Heartfelt Plea For South Sudan: ‘We All Need To Act Now’

Princess Haya Makes Heartfelt Plea For South Sudan: ‘We All Need To Act Now’

The royal reveals a massive aid delivery as the South Sudan crisis deepens.

HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein has called for urgent action as the number of refugees fleeing South Sudan crosses the 1.5 million mark.

In an Instagram post, the royal and chairwoman of Dubai’s International Humanitarian City revealed HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has donated a 747B cargo aircraft so 95.3 metric tonnes of relief could be airlifted to South Sudanese refugee camps in Uganda.

The United Nations has warned that Uganda is at “breaking point”, with at least 3000 South Sudanese refugees pouring into the country each day, escaping war and famine.

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After acknowledging the “phenomenal” work of the United Nations Refugee Agency, which supplied the aid, Princess Haya made an impassioned call for an end to the conflict.

يتم تحميل إمدادات الإغاثة في المدينة العالمية للخدمات الإنسانية لنقلها جوًا إلى مخيمات لاجئي جنوب السودان في أوغندا. ويجري شحن 95.3 طن متري من المساعدات من مفوضية شؤون اللاجئين على متن طائرة الشحن 747 بي، التي تبرع بها صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم. ولكن على الرغم من الجهود الحثيثة التي تبذلها المفوضية من أجل مواجهة أزمة اللاجئين. فإنه من المحزن والمثير للقلق أن نرى بأن اللاجئين من جنوب السودان لم يعد لديهم ما يكفي للبقاء على قيد الحياة، وهم بحاجة ماسة للمساعدات. إنهم ضحايا الانهيار الاقتصادي والصراع الدائم، الذي يستمر من دون أي أفقٍ للحل تاركًا الملايين من الناس، بمن فيهم الكثير من الأطفال، فريسةً للجوع. لاشك بأنه من واجبنا تقديم المساعدات، ولكننا أيضًا بحاجة لإنهاء هذه الحرب. فما يحدث اليوم لم يعد بالإمكان تجاهله، دعونا نتحرك معًا من أجل وضع حدّ لهذا الصراع. Relief supplies being loaded at the International Humanitarian City to be airlifted to South Sudanese Refugee camps in Uganda. In total 95.3 metric tonnes of relief is being supplied by UNHCR on a 747B cargo aircraft donated by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The UNHCR is frontline in the global refugee crisis, and its work is phenomenal. The sad and frightening truth is that the refugees fleeing South Sudan no longer have the means to survive and are in desperate need of this aid. They are the victims of a collapsing economy and conflict; a conflict that continues with no resolution in sight that has left millions the victim of famine, including many children. Yes, we need to deliver aid but we also need to force an end to this war. We can no longer ignore what is going on. We all need to act now. @unrefugees

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“The sad and frightening truth is that the refugees fleeing South Sudan no longer have the means to survive and are in desperate need of this aid,” the royal said.

“They are the victims of a collapsing economy and conflict; a conflict that continues with no resolution in sight that has left millions the victim of famine, including many children.

“Yes, we need to deliver aid, but we also need to force an end to this war. We can no longer ignore what is going on. We all need to act now.”

This isn’t the first time Princess Haya and her husband, the vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, have devoted resources to a worthy cause.

HRH personally supervised the delivery of Dhs1.29 million worth of aid to Haiti, after the country was devastated by a deadly tropical cyclone in October.

Transported on a plane personally owned by Sheikh Mohammed, Princess Haya manned the distribution of supplies including water purification units, mosquito nets, medical supplies, tents and other support equipment.

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   May 4, 2017