• Thursday, July 25, 2024

Gulf

Kuwait fire: Entrepreneur Saad Kassis Mohamed offers support to victims, their kin

The WeCare chairman spoke about his organisation’s dedication to providing immediate relief and long-term support to the victims and their families after the June 12 tragedy.

(L-R) Saad Kassis Mohamed, chairman of WeCare, and Indian police personnel pay their last respects to the mortal remains of the victims of the June 12 fire incident in Kuwait, at Cochin International airport in the southern state of Kochi on June 14, 2024. (Pictures: WeCare Limited & ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

IN the wake of a devastating fire in a building in the city of Mangaf in southern Kuwait on Wednesday (12) that left 50 people dead of whom 46 were Indians, Saad Kassis Mohamed, chairman of WeCare, a philanthropic foundation, has pledged immediate support and assistance to the victims and their kin.

The fire, which broke out early in the morning in a building housing low-paid, blue-collar workers, has been linked to potential violations by property owners, as stated by Kuwait’s deputy prime minister Sheikh Fahad Yusuf Saud Al-Sabah.

Several of the Indians who perished in the fire were from the southern state of Kerala from where millions work in the Gulf nations.

Read: Kin of Indians killed in Kuwait fire grieve as bodies return home

A man breaks down over the coffin carrying the mortal remains of one of the 46 Indians who were killed in a fire in Kuwait on June 12.
A man being consoled as he breaks down over the coffin carrying the mortal remains of one of the 46 Indians who were killed in the fire incident in Kuwait on June 12, 2024, at the Cochin airport in the southern Indian state of Kerala. The bodies were taken back by an aircraft of the Indian Air Force.  (ANI Photo)

Expressing deep condolences over the tragedy, Mohamed emphasized his organisation’s dedication to providing immediate relief and long-term support to the victims and their families. WeCare, which is known for its unwavering commitment to humanitarian causes, is mobilising resources to aid those affected by the fire.

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“Our hearts go out to the victims of this tragic incident and their families. WeCare stands ready to offer assistance and support during this incredibly difficult time,” Mohamed said.

“We are coordinating with local authorities and other humanitarian organisations to ensure that aid reaches those in need swiftly and effectively.”

WeCare’s support efforts include financial assistance for the bereaved families, medical aid for the injured, and collaborating with local entities to address the immediate needs of survivors. The foundation is also advocating for better living conditions and safety standards for foreign workers in the Gulf region to prevent such tragedies in the future.

Mohamed is personally overseeing the foundation’s efforts to deliver critical assistance, including medical aid, shelter, and essential supplies to those affected.

“We urge the community and other organisations to come together to support the victims of this disaster,” Mohamed said.

“It is our collective responsibility to ensure that those affected receive the help they need and that measures are put in place to prevent such incidents from occurring again.”

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