Kind-hearted Omani partners with government for sixth Yemen aid trip
November 9, 2018 | 9:22 AM
by Times News Service

Muscat: A kind-hearted Omani man is planning to make his sixth aid trip to help those affected by the conflict in Yemen, having teamed up with the government of the Sultanate to do so.

Nasr Al Jadhamy, who has been collecting food, clothes and other aid that is of dire need for civilians who have suffered from the conflict in Oman’s southern neighbour, has partnered with Oman Charity Organisation to ensure his goods reach those who truly need it.

“I was dealing with the government of Oman, they have advised me not to go now, and the items that we have sent are now going to be sent through Al Hayya Al Ammar. This is an Omani organisation and this is the first time we are working with them to send items to Yemen,” he told Times of Oman. “This is not like other trips. Officially, we will go from here to Yemen through the Omani Charity Organisation.

“I didn’t want to give it to anyone else, but only trusted partners, because otherwise I don’t know where these goods will end up, or who will get them, finally,” added Al Jadhamy. “The good news is that the charity organisation that they are dealing with and the one I am dealing with in Yemen are partners, so it was good for us to work together. I explained about my story, and all of these charities are going to work together.

“When I reach Yemen, we will work together and then we will distribute together,” he said. “We have begun collecting, and by the grace of god, before December, we will be able to confirm all the things we will be sending. The charity organisation needs to know exactly what we are sending.”

Yemen aside, Nasr has been undertaking aid trips to Somalia for more than 10 years, and made a first visit to Palestine this summer. His charitable initiatives are well-known, and although his family are concerned for him, he is confident that he will be safe because he is endeavouring to do the right thing.

“I have one container of food items that is nearly 40 tonnes and two containers of clothes, which includes 5,000 sweaters for the children,” said Al Jadhamy. “This is what I have so far. This time, if I am sending five trucks, I am going be sending 45 tonnes in each truck. We are starting to prepare for the next journey and we are planning to go there in December. We are expecting things to me much better. It is really cold right now, which is why we have 5000 sweaters, as well as more than 3000 blankets that will be sent there.

“We will be travelling by road this time, because last time, we travelled by air from Muscat to Sudan, and from there to Seiyoun in the Hadhramawt Governorate, but that airport has now been closed,” he added. “We therefore have no choice but to go by road from Muscat to Salalah and then to the Yemeni border. This is how I did it the first time.”

Nasr encouraged people to continue to donate towards their brothers and sisters across the border in Yemen, and asked them to only provide goods that were clean and useable.

“My advice is to send goods through the proper channel, and I advise the people to deal directly with us and not to go anywhere else, because we are dealing with Al Hayya Al Ammar charity organisation, which is a government charity organisation,” he said. “People are requested to give whatever they need to give to me, and then I will check it and give it to them, because they need to check if all the items are clean and proper.

“When I was sending by myself, I was taking good quality and medium quality, but when you are dealing with the government, they are only asking for things that are new and good, because they are representing the country and you need to only send good things in that case,” added Al Jadhamy.

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