President of Sahrawi Red Crescent calls for rapid delivery of aids to Sahrawi refugees

Shaheed El Hafed, 1 August 2020 (SPS) - President of the Sahrawi Red Crescent Bouhbini Yahia on Thursday appealed to donor countries to accelerate the delivery of aid to Sahrawi refugees in the camps, faced with decreasing food stocks and the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The response to the appeal launched by international organizations, in coordination with the Sahrawi Red Crescent, has so far brought only 20% of the needs, and therefore, we are very far from meeting all the demand," Bouhbini told APS.

"This is why we appeal, once again, to donor countries for the rapid delivery of aid aimed at combating Coronavirus, which has now hit the refugee camps," he stressed, adding that this situation" requires many measures and other precautions, and we desperately need these contributions and donations at this very critical period.”

He said that confronted with the spread of the pandemic in the world and the decline in aid from donor countries and the delay recorded in the delivery of certain products, the Sahrawi Red Crescent has been forced, in recent months, to use stocks.

"Today, we have a stock of some commodities which is enough only for three months," he said.

"Currently, we are talking about a pandemic which can be longer and a possible second wave of it, which requires a chain of efficient WFP supply and this relies on contributions from donor countries," he added.

Algeria had offered 300 tonnes of aid to Sahrawi refugees through caravans organized by the Algerian Red Crescent (CRA). (SPS)