A Saudi medical team flew to Darfur yesterday to provide urgent health care and medical services to the displaced people of the war-stricken western region of Sudan. Saudi Arabia has pledged SR 40 million [U.S. $ 10.7 million] in basic humanitarian aid to Darfur, including food and medicine, through the Saudi Red Crescent Society.
Meanwhile, Agfund President Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz reports that the Riyadh-based organization [The Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations] has pledged $100,000 to facilitate humanitarian relief in Darfur, to be channeled through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The Jeddah-based International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) has extended more than SR 2 million [$ 500,000] in urgent assistance Darfur’s displaced population. IIRO has provided food for about 2,000 families, and assisted in the resettlement of around 30,000 displaced persons, supplying them with food and tents, embarking on the construction of wells, and setting up a system for the provision of health services as well as water.
[See related press release]