Some 710,000 people from within and outside the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have benefited from the Emirati Red Crescent (ERC)'s action on Eid al-Adha
Some 210,000 people within the UAE have benefited from ERC initiatives, including its distribution of slaughter meat, food parcels and Eid clothing; while outside the country, 500,000 people in over 80 countries have also benefited.
The UAE's humanitarian arm stressed that their joint efforts have continued since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, highlighting their role in fighting the pandemic, implementing the precautionary measures implemented by the UAE leadership and launching initiatives that address the needs of the local community, where their interest was affirmed in implementing their annual meat slaughter program, as part of their seasonal projects that address the needs of vulnerable families and make them happy during Eid.
The ERC noted that this year's meat slaughtering program is being implemented during the exceptional health, economic and social conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic and its negative consequences, adding that it has developed a plan to achieve its objectives while committing to the precautionary and preventive measures taken by the country to reduce the spread of the virus and respect the rules of social distancing.
Slaughter meat will be delivered to beneficiaries at their places of residence to avoid crowded areas and gatherings, the humanitarian agency added, as reported by the Emirati news agency WAM, noting that the entire process was facilitated by allowing donors to make donations through the agency's website and application, or through its representatives in 300 locations throughout the country.
As for the Eid gifts, it was stated that it is aimed at children and will meet their needs for clothes, toys and sweets.
At the international level, ERC stressed its respect for existing precautionary measures and noted its interest in implementing the programme in 81 countries, in coordination with the UAE embassies in those countries. One of the countries where most ERC humanitarian aid has recently arrived is Yemen, which is suffering from the world's worst humanitarian disaster, according to the United Nations.