Director General of the International Organization of Migration William Lacy Swing lauded the humanitarian role played by Kuwait during a ceremony held at Kuwait National Library to launch a documentary detailing Kuwait's charitable efforts that are improving the lives of displaced, immigrants and refugees.
He stated on Sunday, 12 February that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) would add to the festivities of the upcoming National and Liberation Day celebrations of Kuwait with the launch of the documentary titled, 'With Their Voices and Words'. He added that Kuwait has always been a source of hope for those suffering from crises, and has spared no financial or material effort to help those in need.
Mr. Swing stated that they were celebrating the "generous aid" of Kuwait, as he praised the generosity of H.H. the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the ‘Humanitarian Leader’, and the Kuwaiti people for offering assistance to those in need.
Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah, in a statement, said that the documentary highlighted Kuwait's humanitarian contributions and conveyed the 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 are featured in the documentary speaking about how the Kuwaiti contributions and support have had a positive effect and given them a better life.
Al-Jarallah also thanked the IOM for shedding light on a center built to shelter female workers in Kuwait and provide them with charitable services, which 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 highlight the various initiatives spearheaded by H.H. the Amir who created the ‘humanitarian diplomacy’. She mentioned that Kuwait's humanitarian aid for the refugees and the displaced included transportation, 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 attend school every day, offered seven rescue stations for Turkey’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 US$ 25 million towards IOM over four years, she added.