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Mahmood Ali seeks affluent people’s support for Red Crescent

DHAKA, Feb 6, 2017 (BSS) - Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali today urged affluent people alongside organizations to patronize Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) so it could extend more services to humanity with enhanced capacity.

"The affluent societies , benevolent individuals and organisations should to be part of different programmes and projects run by the BDRCS extending their helping hand to serve the cause of humanity," the minister told the closing ceremony of a two-day BDRCS partnership meeting held at Sonargaon hotel here this evening.

Since its inception, the minister said, BDRCS was trying its best to reduce sufferings of the country's most vulnerable, needy and marginalised people through a number of initiatives, programmes and projects in line with the fundamental principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) movement.

Ali also appreciated the BDRCS role in supplementing government initiatives in supporting the vulnerable people particularly at times of natural calamities.

Chaired by BDRCS's Chairman Hafiz Ahmed Mazumder, the session was also addressed, among others, by its Secretary General BMM Mozaharul Haq and treasurer Advocate Towhidur Rahman.

"BDRCS instantly stands beside the victims of natural disasters, such as, tornado, flood, cyclone, drought, cold wave etc . . . it also extends helping hand to those affected by accidents, fire incidents and other man-made disasters," the minister said.

Even, he said, BDRCS together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other national and international NGOs was rendering humanitarian services to the people from Myanmar who crossed over to Bangladesh to evade discrimination and atrocities in their homeland.

Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya inaugurated the BDRCS partnership meeting at the same venue on February 5.

Representatives from ICRC, IFRC, 12 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Myanmar, South Korea, Turkey, Iran Bahrain and Italy and representatives from different ministries, banks and cooperate organizations, UN agencies and international aid agencies and NGOs took part at the partnership meeting.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)