KSRelief Rehabilitation Program Sees EX-Child Soldiers Celebrating New Life


Maarib, Riyadh- Asharq Al-Awsat
A new batch of ex-child soldiers, first recruited by the Iran-backed Houthi insurgency in Yemen, has successfully graduated from the Saudi-sponsored rehabilitation program. The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), responsible for the Child Soldiers Rehabilitation Program, celebrated the children’s restored hope for a normal life.

At the special ceremony, graduated children expressed their happiness and gratitude to KSRelief, saying that the 45-day program they underwent not only improved on their psychological and social recovery, but has ultimately shifted their reality from one tempered by misery and pain to a childhood hopeful of living normally.

At the end of the ceremony, KSRelief awarded the children certificates of appreciation and incentive awards.

The program’s 9th and 10th phases--aiming to rehabilitate 80 children in total-- succeeded in seeing 27 minors cross the finish line on a new life away from the violence Houthis attempted to instill in them in order to advance their war agenda.

In another note, KSRelief missions in Yemen’s Al-Jawf Governorate continued to organize the administrative and life skills courses for 100 families in Al-Hazem Directorate. Courses were designed to enable trainees in managing small-scale projects, practicing marketing skills, and preparing feasibility studies.

The courses are part of training programs and vocational rehabilitation projects undertaken by KSRelief in order to improve the livelihoods of Yemen

More so, KSRelief recently delivered 500 food baskets (37 tons) to cancer and kidney failure patients in Mukalla, in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health and Population’s Office in Hadramaut. 

The Director General of the Office, Dr. Riyad Al Jariri, praised the role of KSRelief in providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Yemen, adding that the food aid will have a significant impact on alleviating the suffering of the patients and their families. 

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Abbas Slams Hamas, Accuses it of Oppressing Palestinian Protesters 

Thursday, 21 March, 2019 - 11:30 
Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas seen in the central Gaza Strip March 22, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Ramallah - Asharq Al-Awsat
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has slammed Hamas, saying it is being “oppressive” in its crackdown on protesters in the Gaza Strip.

The movement has used excessive force to disperse protesters as part of "We Want to Live" rallies held against price hikes and the dire economic situation in the Palestinian enclave.

Abbas told Atef Abu Seif, the Fatah spokesman in Gaza and member of its central committee, in a phone call that he has honored his country.

He stressed that Hamas and its elements will end up in the “dustbin of history just like those who secede from the Palestinian legitimacy.”

Fatah has accused Hamas of Abu Seif’s assassination attempt after he was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen and suffered multiple bone fractures around his body. He is reported to be in serious condition.

Abu Seif is among dozens of activists and journalists, who were severely beaten during demonstrations or arrests.

Hamas detained about 1,000 people in just a few days, dispersed more than 25 rallies with live fire and pursued activists in their homes and on the streets.

“We Want to Live” movement announced a two-day civil disobedience and public strike on Thursday, calling on people to perform Friday prayers in public squares and reject accusations by Hamas preachers against protesters.

It stressed that its peaceful protests will continue until Hamas’ government in Gaza meets the people’s legitimate demands.

The movement also called on the families of the detainees, the oppressed and the wounded to perform Friday prayers near the house of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.

It urged them to demand the immediate release of their loved-ones, holding accountable those who ordered the imprisonment and torture of protesters and taking to court those who caused casualties in the rank of demonstrators.

Source: https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1644181/ksrelief-rehabilitation-program-sees-ex-child-soldiers-celebrating-new-life

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