People have been sending food and essential supplies to the flood-hit country.
Since Qatar Airways, in partnership with Qatar Charity and Monoprix, launched an aid program on September 12, thousands of donations have been coming in to help the people of flood-stricken Sudan.
The floods have been described as the worst to hit Sudan in decades—they’ve displaced hundreds of thousands of people and killed at least 103. Those who wanted to help were able to purchase aid boxes through the Talabat delivery app by selecting the special “Qatar Airways Box”, donations were then delivered to the designated cargo at Hamad International Airport (HIA).
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Sudan at this time…I have been touched by the large volume of donations from our employees and members of the public in Qatar who have come together as a community to support our brothers and sisters in Sudan,” said Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group chief executive.
Other shipments of aid were donated and flown free of charge from Doha to Khartoum including a dedicated freighter fligh on September 17, under Al Baker’s supervision. He was also joined by Sudan’s ambassador to Qatar, Abdulrahim Al-Sediq, along with Qatar Charity CEO, Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Kuwari, and HIA chief operating officer, Badr Al-Meer.
“We hope that this community initiative, combined with our special cargo relief flight, will support as many people as possible and I thank our valuable partners for their support in these efforts,” said Al-Kuwari.
The donations will be distributed on the ground in Sudan by Qatar Charity.
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Qatar Airways previously carried out a similar initiative following the massive explosions in Beirut, which devastated the city. Working with Qatar Charity, Ali Bin Ali Holding, Monoprix Qatar and Talabat, the airline donated essential supplies that were flown from Doha to Beirut by Qatar Airways Cargo.
The airline company also worked closely with governments and NGOs to transport over 250,000 tonnes of aid supplies to different countries around the world to help in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic—equating to at least 2,500 fully-loaded Boeing 777 freighters.
Qatar Airways also introduced the ‘1mn Kilos’ campaign as part of the ‘We Qare’ project, which enables charities to use its free-of-charge transportation services for humanitarian aid from July until the end of December this year.