Saudi Campaign for Somalia raises $54 million in 2 days

August 24, 2011

Since its launch two days ago, the Saudi National Campaign for the Relief of the Somali People has collected SR 202 million [$53.86 million] in cash contributions and hundreds of tons of supplies, including foodstuffs, sheltering materials and medical supplies, from across the Kingdom.  The relief funds will be distributed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and, according to the organization, donations will be used to feed Somali children suffering from malnutrition.

King Abdullah, Crown Prince Sultan and Prince Nayef inaugurated the Campaign by donating SR 20 million [$5.33 million], SR 10 million [$2.67 million] and SR 5 million [$1.33 million], respectively. Since then, Riyadh Governor Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz has given SR 1 million [$266,652], Deputy Riyadh Governor Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz has given SR 500,000, [$133,326], and Northern Borders Governor Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed has given SR 100,000 [$26,665].

In July, Saudi Arabia pledged $50 million in emergency humanitarian assistance for Somali refugees to be used for food supplies in cooperation with the World Food Program (WFP) and $10 million in medicine and vaccinations in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO).

Saudi Arabia is a valued partner of the World Food Programme and has donated more than $600 million to the United Nations food agency during the past five years.  On August 17, the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) pledged $350 million for a Somalia anti-starvation program.