The Emir of Dubai not only decided to help the people in Haiti but took it on himself to send £300,000 of emergency supplies to Haiti on his private jet as reported by the Independent.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum delivered 90 tonnes of emergency supplies in his Boeing 747 to the Caribbean island in the wake of Hurricane Matthew which has caused havoc on the land and its people.
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) October 14, 2016
Around 300,000 Haitians have been forced by the tropical storm to live in temporary shelters after an estimated 1,000 people were killed when it struck the poor country.
Haiti is still reeling from the effects of the 2010 earthquake and an ongoing cholera outbreak which has killed around 10,000 people so far.
According to the Dubai government, the Sheikh’s wife, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, personally oversaw the relief mission which included tents, mosquito nets, medical supplies and water purification units. Yes, Muslims are helping non-Muslims, for this is what Islam teaches, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
“The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind.”
The Princess was met by Jordanian peacekeepers after the plane flew through a bad storm, reflecting just of fraction of the horrors the people of Haiti must’ve experienced during Hurricane Matthew.
Once the Princess arrived, she documented the destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
As Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, battled to recover from the 2010 earthquake and an ongoing cholera outbreak, Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc across the island on Monday.
Tragically, the death toll has reached over 1000 and 300,000 Haitians have been displaced after the tropical storm destroyed their homes and livelihoods.
Many are now living in temporary shelters.
The UN has estimated that 1.4 million people in Haiti require urgent assistance and have put out an appeal for $120 million (£98 million).
While we hope more countries follow suit and rally around to help the Haiti relief effort, our thoughts are with the families who have lost their homes and loved ones.