OIC appeals for urgent food aid to East Africa

September 15, 2008

The Jeddah-based Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has issued an urgent appeal for food aid for drought-stricken East Africa. Three East African nations are OIC member states: Somalia, Uganda and Djibouti.


In a September 13 statement, Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said that over 14 million people in East Africa are suffering from malnutrition due to food shortages, rising food prices and instability in Somalia.

“In this blessed and holy month of Ramadan, I solemnly appeal to all OIC Member States, Philanthropists, NGOs and all people of good-will, to generously come to the rescue of the needy people living the affected countries to avert the possibility of mass starvation,” Ihsanoglu said.

Saudi Arabia is one of the leading foreign aid donors in the world. Since the mid-1970s, the Kingdom has provided nearly $80 billion in aid to countries across the globe, approximately 4 percent of its annual GDP. 

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