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Supporting displaced Iraqis

Kuwait’s charity works were extended to Iraq to touch the needs of the displaced, particularly children, making Kuwait write its name with all pride and appreciation by letters of light in the contemporary history and be at the forefront of world countries through its humanitarian actions.The State of Kuwait contributed by approximately 200 million dollars, according to the directions of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait to alleviate the suffering of the displaced in Iraq, who were facing tragic conditions, which worsened with the disorder of the security situation there. With the provision of the donation. KRCS rushed to offer aid and support to the Iraqi emigrants in the Iraqi governorates, in view of its belief in the significance of the humanitarian role to relief the brothers in Iraq.The aids reinforced the joint cooperation efforts between the State of Kuwait and the brotherly Republic of Iraq, and an embodiment of the fraternal relations between the two brotherly countries, particularly that the Iraqi emigrants were suffering from deteriorating humanitarian conditions, represented in the few number of shelters, tents and fresh water, in addition to the scarcity of the medical services and other fundamental services.

In this respect, KRCS has dispatched two airplanes as part of an air flyover to Iraq, on board of which 40 tons of medicines and medical materials were delivered to the hospitals in Iraq. In cooperation with the embassy of the State of Kuwait in Baghdad and the consulate of the State of Kuwait in Erbil, KRCS dispatched a field team to conduct a field survey to distribute food and medical aids to the Iraqi emigrants in several Iraqi cities, distribution of Eid clothes and gifts to tens of cancer children, in addition to household needs, blankets and blankets to tens of thousands of emigrants.KRCS is still continuing a number of relief projects in Iraq and has future projects in a number of areas considered as the most affected.

KRCS ‘s role during the Iraqi invasion and post-liberation

KRCS did not stop providing aid and assistance to citizens and expatriates in Kuwait throughout the Iraqi invasion period, by transporting the wounded, injured and dead to the hospitals, despite the difficulties faced by KRCS on the hands of the Iraqi soldiers.KRCS premises was established in Mubarak Al Kabeer Hospital, which received volunteers who played a great role during this period, despite the detention of of six members of the temporary board of directors for 26 days and interrogating them, then dissolving KRCS.

KRCS’s looked forward to the Kingdom of Bahrain, following the Bahraini cabinet’s approval of KRCS to host its temporary headquarters, although several countries offered to provide premises to KRCS, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia.During its presence in Bahrain, KRCS accomplished numerous achievements, which would not have been completed if it was not for the stand of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s government and people next to Kuwait, as all matters relevant to the needs of Kuwaiti committees, including KRCS, enjoyed exempting the relief materials dispatched to Kuwait from any custom duties, while clubs opened their stores to store foodstuff and medical materials.KRCS laid down an action plan suitable with the conditions which the State of Kuwait was undergoing in order to face the current and future stages with determination, will and action. Volunteers were trained by organizing training courses in the relief field and organizing courses for specialized doctors and others in the civil defence.Upon the entry of the relief aids to Kuwait in 28 February 1991, the volunteers of KRCS distributed them to citizens and expatriates and contributed in removing bodies from the streets and transferring them to the hospitals, then bury them. Meanwhile, other volunteers registered the missing, prisoners and martyrs until the National Committee for Prisoners and Missing Persons Affairs was established.

KRCS’s volunteers were keen to assist the refugees in Al Abdali’s first camp, where KRCS has received in 7 March 1991 a number of Kuwaiti detainees who were released, amounting to 1200 detainees with members of the Kuwaiti army. KRCS cooperated with several bodies in laying down a perception for Al Abdali 2nd Camp, to which it was transferred instead of the 1st camp in April 1991 to receive 14 thousand refugees.KRCS’s board of directors was keen to participate in international conferences concerned with the Kuwaiti issue, refute the Iraqi mistaken facts on the prisoners of war and missing persons, and the necessity of applying Geneva’s four treaties and try war criminals. The first of these international meetings at that time was the meeting of the executive office of the International Association of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva in 22 October 1990, where a memorandum was submitted under the name of Kuwait about the traffic internal conditions and the necessity of obtaining information about the missing persons according to the international laws.

KRCS was keen to address messages to a number of national societies to provide the required material support to KRCS in order to meet the conditions which Kuwait was undergoing. It has also addressed repeated messages to the International Committee of the Red Cross for the Association of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in order to urge them to fulfil the needs of the Kuwaiti people in their occupied lands.

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