The Amir of Humanity celebrates the achievements of the Amir of Kuwait, a global humanitarian leader / read more

Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah has been hailed for his tireless efforts to aid refugees and promote peace, and for a lifetime spent driving philanthropic issues to the top of the international agenda / read more

The Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has over the past half century emerged as one of the foremost philanthropic and humanitarian figures of our time. A global humanitarian leader, he has helped establish Kuwait as the undisputed centre of philanthropy in the Middle East. In so doing he has fostered a culture of generosity and compassion among his own people, while driving humanitarian issues to the top of the international agenda.

Throughout his life and career Sheikh Sabah has embodied the traditional Kuwaiti values of kindness and consideration towards others. He has impacted in a positive way almost every facet of modern Kuwaiti life, while at the same time spreading a message of peace and humanity around the world. He is one of the largest contributors to humanitarian efforts to support Syrian refugees, and one of the leading funders of the Al Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, where he has helped provide safety and shelter to an estimated 80,000 refugees.

Sheikh Sabah was also the principal driver of a series of record-breaking giving conferences to support Syrian refugees. These conferences raised more than $20bn for international humanitarian agencies, including the largest amount ever raised in a single day. Throughout his life he has made many such public calls to the international community to encourage philanthropic efforts globally.

The Amir has championed democracy and the rule of law, and peace and stability in the region and beyond. He has taken a personal hand in efforts to broker peace in regional disputes including those in Yemen, Oman and Lebanon, and during the Iran-Iraq War. Kuwait, at the behest of the Amir, was also the first country to offer assistance to ordinary Iraqis caught in that nation's on-going conflict - and this just two decades after the invasion of Kuwait by its Arab neighbour.

In addition, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children across Africa and South Asia, from Mauritania to the Philippines, have benefitted from the Amir's swift and generous response to humanitarian crises caused by natural disaster. Today huge numbers of Kuwaiti NGOs and humanitarian agencies carry out life-changing work all around the world, many of them inspired directly by the words and deeds of the Amir.

This remarkable work has been duly noted and recognised at international level. In 2014, for example, the Amir received the Humanitarian Leader award from then-UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. "We are sitting together with a great humanitarian leader of our world," said Ban. "Kuwait has shown exemplary humanitarian leadership in supporting operations under the compassionate and passionate leadership of the Amir. Kuwait may be a small country in size but she has a big and broad and compassionate heart."

Kuwait has emerged as a humanitarian superpower, donating hugely to charitable causes around the world, and drawing global attention to a range of issues and initiatives / read more

Since its founding in the early 17th century Kuwait has earned a reputation for values of interdependence and mercy - beginning with an obligation to rescue those stranded in trouble on the sea. And over the last decade, under the leadership of the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the small Gulf state has cemented its standing as the humanitarian heart of the Middle East.

Kuwait has emerged as an aid and humanitarian superpower, raising and donating billions of dollars for those in need, whether afflicted by natural or man-made disaster. It has also acted as an invaluable catalyst for international programmes to alleviate the sufferings of those stricken by conflict or ill fortune, thanks in large part to high-profile fundraising and awareness campaigns led by the Amir.

For example, throughout the Syrian crisis Kuwait has been at the forefront of advocating for peace and providing humanitarian assistance to those caught in the conflict. Kuwait has hosted three international pledging conferences to raise funds for Syrian refugees, raising close to $8bn. Leading by example, Kuwait per capita gives more in aid to Syrian refugees than any other nation globally.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised Kuwait's international leadership, commending the "vital, life-saving leadership that Kuwait has [shown] to help those in dire need around the world. The people of Kuwait should be very proud of that compassionate example that the Amir of Kuwait has set for other countries and for the enormous good that Kuwait has done for Syrians who are suffering through no fault of their own."

Nor are the people of Syria the only recent beneficiaries of Kuwaiti generosity. The country has donated hundreds of millions of dollars, often at the personal request of the Amir, to countries across Africa and Asia, from Mauritania to Japan. Humanitarian operations in the far reaches of Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, the Philippines and elsewhere would not have been possible without Kuwaiti support.

The Amir of Humanity gives voice to the displaced generations of Syria, those who have lost their homeland but not their hope / read more

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"I'm here for now but if God is willing I just want to go back to Syria"

Mamoun

The Amir of Humanity: A Lifetime of Compassion is available worldwide. It is a tribute to the Amir and to a legacy that has changed millions of lives around the world for the better / buy now

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