Bahrain group set to deliver Syria aid
Manama, June 23, 2013
A group of four Bahrainis are set to hit the road on Wednesday to deliver food supplies to Syrian refugees this week, a report said.
The three-truck cargo will be delivered into Al Za'atari Camp in Jordan for the second time in a year, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
It is part of the Bahrainis Association for the Support of the Syrian Revolution's new aid campaign - Syrian Iftar.
The group will take around 20 hours to drive to the border between Saudi Arabia and Jordan, where they will meet the trucks at the immigration point, said association spokesman Emad Al Jarrah.
"We have been able to reach the goal of filling three trucks with food supplies to deliver it to Syrian refugees before Ramadan," said the 25-year-old.
"We have been able to collect more than a tonne of rice among other food items like cooking oil and sugar.
"A group of four will go a day after the trucks to receive them at the immigration point. We will allow time for the trucks as they are slower and will travel a day later to reach the immigration point,’ he added.
Donations consist of boxes filled with BD20 ($52) worth of food supplies each, including sugar, cooking oil and beans.
Association members, aged between 16 and 30, have also been able to collect cash donations to be used to buy more supplies in Jordan. The group will accept donations until Tuesday.
"There are some goods that we will not be able to take as we are aware immigration officers will not allow canned foods to enter," explained Al Jarrah. "We plan to give these to local charities in Ramadan."
The group earlier launched various campaigns, sending food and medicine to refugees in camps in Jordan as well as cash donations to support those in need of medical assistance.
The campaign had come as the UN launched what it said was the biggest emergency appeal in history to cope with the civil war crisis in Syria.
It announced the call for some $5 billion before the end of the year. – TradeArabia News Service