Astana (UNA-OIC) – With the direct support of the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) as an OIC specialized institution, Kazakhstan delivered 50 tons of humanitarian aid to earthquake-shaken Syria. The Central Asian country sent canned food, warm clothes, winter tents, beds and bedding from the state reserve. The humanitarian aid is being delivered to the city of Aleppo in four flights by the cargo plane of National Guard of Kazakhstan.
The IOFS Director General, Yerlan Baidaulet, at the request of the Kazakhstani President H.E. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, immediately flew to Syria to oversee the cargo delivery.
“I want to express my deepest condolences to the families of all the earthquake victims in Syria and Türkiye. Our team hopes that the situation would be resolved as soon as possible and expresses heartfelt gratitude to the brave rescuers for their hard work,” said IOFS Director General Yerlan Baidaulet.
It should be noted that the provision of humanitarian assistance is one of the main objectives of the IOFS strategic framework (under the Pillar of the Food Crisis Response). The IOFS also holds the global mandate to implement the Afghanistan Food Security Program, granted by the 17th Extraordinary OIC CFM in Dec 2021.
Currently, the first batch project of Supplying Wheat Flour to Afghanistan is underway, as the organization is in the process of sending the IOFS Food Humanitarian Convoy for the Afghan People till the Month of Ramadan 2023.
As per this mandate, IOFS encourages OIC Member States, international donors, the UN Funds and Programmes and other international actors to generously contribute to the Afghanistan Food Security Programme and join the ongoing efforts of the IOFS.