Director General of the International Organization of Migration William Lacy Swing said Sunday IOM was joining Kuwait in its national celebrations by launching a documentary about Kuwait's contribution to improve lives of displaced, immigrants and refugees.
Swing, in a ceremony held at Kuwait's National Library to launch the documentary, With Their Voices and Words, said Kuwait has always been a source of hope for those suffering from crises, and spared no financial or material effort to help those in need.
He said they were celebrating today the "generous aid" of Kuwait. Swing praised generosity of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the "Humanitarian Leader," and the Kuwaiti people in the help of those in need.
Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah, in a statement to KUNA, said the documentary spoke about Kuwait's humanitarian contributions and conveyed voices of people who benefited from the aid. Kuwait has been keen on providing educational and medical services for those in need, he said, "which made us proud of the size of assistance that Kuwait is offering for the needy."
Those affected by the Iraqi and Syrian crises speak in the documentary about Kuwaiti contributions and support, and positive effect of better life on them. Al-Jarallah thanked the IOM for shedding light on a center of sheltering of female workers in Kuwait, which provides humanitarian services and was admired by global humanitarian organizations.
Eman Erekat, head of IOM Mission in Kuwait, said her organization produced the documentary in appreciation of Kuwait's humanitarian role around the globe, as well as to initiatives of His Highness the Amir who created the "humanitarian diplomacy." She said Kuwait's humanitarian aid for the refugees and the displaced included transportation and cleaning materials, and tents.
Erekat said more than a million people benefited from Kuwait aid in Syria alone. Kuwait's assistance helped around 4,000 students to go to school every day, offered seven rescue stations for Turey's coast guard, building four clinics in Lebanon serving 5,000 people, and trained women inside Syria to make carpets to generate income, she said. Kuwait contributed USD 25 million for IOM over four years, she said.