Bahrain inaugurates Artesian Wells Project in Somalia
Mogadishu, Nov. 8. (BNA) – Following directives from His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and under the patronage of the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) Board of Trustees Chairman Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, RCO Secretary-General Dr. Mustafa Al-Sayed inaugurated the Artesian Water Walls Projects in Somalia, implemented by RCO in collaboration with the Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRWWW).
Shaikh Nasser stated that the project was part of the humanitarian aid provided by the kingdom to the brotherly Somali people upon directives from HM the King, RCO’s Honorary President.
He extended utmost thanks, appreciation and gratitude to HM the King for his directives to extend a lifeline for the needy and disaster-stricken people, out of the human ties bonding the kingdom with peoples across the world, and in confirmation of the outstanding brotherly Bahraini-Somali relations.
Shaikh Nasser praised the great support of the government, under the chairmanship of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, and backing of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier.
He pointed out that RCO is keen to contribute to the reconstruction efforts in Somalia, and direct the donations of the leadership and the citizens in development projects that benefit all segments of the Somali people, noting that RCO has dug 10 artesian wells that serve more than 102,000 people across Somalia.
RCO Secretary-General explained that under the project, 10 wells, 300-metre deep each, will pump water to about 25 villages through a network of pipes, noting that the regions surrounding the wells have become vital as Somali citizens use the water in their daily lives, water their livestock and irrigate their land.
Al-Sayed expressed pride in the project which restored life to more than 25 villages, and made people move to the areas adjacent to the wells, which, he said, reflects the importance of the project.
He added that the Somali people values highly the kind humanitarian initiatives of HM the King and the Bahraini government and people.
Adviser to the Somali President Somali President Dr. Taher Ghili extended sincere thanks and appreciation to the Bahraini leadership and people for their kind initiatives towards the Somali people by implementing sustainable development projects, affirmed the Somali citizens’ appreciation of the Kingdom’s efforts.
He prayed Allah Almighty to bless the Kingdom with lasting security and stability and grant HM King Hamad abundant rewards and guide him on the right path of success.
IRWW Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed El-Alfy lauded the Bahraini leadership, government and people for their constant keenness to provide support and relief aid to stricken people, hailing the on-going cooperation between IRWW and RCO.
It is to be noted that the kingdom drilled 10 wells in various regions of Somalia, built the Bahrain Specialised Hospital in Mogadishu and the Bahrain Scientific Complex in the Somali National University and restored sight to 4,000 Somalis and delivered many relief aid consignments during the wave of drought that hit the country.