OIC to send humanitarian mission to the Philippines
December 24, 2011
The Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has announced that it will send a humanitarian mission to the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines, which was submerged by flash flooding last week. The natural disaster, triggered by Typhoon Washi, has killed more than 1,100 people, left hundreds more missing, and caused extensive damage.
The delegation will be comprised of senior officials from the OIC General Secretariat, the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the Islamic Solidarity Fund (ISF). Upon the directives of OIC Secretary General Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the group will depart tomorrow for the Philippines. Upon arrival, the officials will assess the needs of the victims and determine the best way in which to assist them, in consultation with the relevant government agencies and humanitarian partners, including the United Nations.
Secretary General Dr. Ihsanoglu has also reiterated his appeal to the international community to provide more humanitarian aid to the Philippines.