Saudi Donates 250mt of Dates for Refugees in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABEBA – The United Nations Food Programme has received a contribution of 250 Metric tonnes of dates from Saudi Arabia government for its refugee programs in Ethiopia.

“WFP’s is grateful to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the consistent contribution of dates for refugee and school feeding operations,” said Steven Were Omamo, WFP’s Representative and Country Director during the handover event held in Addis Ababa.

Over the past few years, WFP has received close to USD 45 million in both cash and in-kind contributions for relief, refugee and school feeding interventions from the Saudi Arabian government.

The current contribution of 250 Metric Tonnes of dates will be distributed to 500,000 refugees in Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz Gambella, and Somali regions, according to the WFP’s statement sent to The Daily Monitor.

The dates will complement food rations provided, which unfortunately had to be reduced this year as a result of funding constraints.

The donation will help fill the daily energy gaps for all targeted needy people WFP is currently assisting, the UN agency said.

WFP has already appealed to the Government of Saudi Arabia for additional assistance for relief, refugee, Productive Safety Net and School Feeding interventions.

The UN food program needs at least 196 million US dollars to bridge critical gaps between now and the end of the year.

“WFP looks forward to the support of the Government of Saudi Arabia to help bridge these critical gaps,” said the WFP.