Saudi donates $140 billion in global humanitarian aid

Kingdom’s total assistance in last four decades touch $139 billion benefiting 95 countries

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Saudi Arabia leads the world in the proportion of official development aid, which amounts to 1.9 percent of its gross national income, which is more than the United Nations’ target of 0.7 percent, based on the 2016 report of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

When it comes to actual figures globally, Saudi is at fourth place among donor countries, with the Kingdom’s total humanitarian aid during the past four decades touching $139 billion, which made an impact in more than 95 countries.

These figures were revealed on Sunday by Ahmed Qattan, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Egypt, in a statement issued by the Saudi Embassy in Cairo, , according to London-based Asharq Al-Awsat.

Qattan, is also the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the Arab League.

The envoy also dwelt on the activities of King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRELIEF) in 19 countries providing much needed humanitarian support for 19 countries.

It provided aid worth $600 million and carried out 52 humanitarian projects covering nutrition, security, shelter, and camp coordination and management, which benefited about 22 million people.

Support for Syrians, Yemenis

Qattan also revealed that the Kingdom received nearly 2.5 million Syrian citizens, who were allowed freedom of movement and provided free access to education and healthcare.

Saudi Arabia does not consider Syrians as refugees and they were free to take up jobs in the Kingdom. market. He added that More than 141,000 Syrian students are currently enrolled at Saudi schools and universities, he said.

For refugees from Yemen, Qattan said the Kingdom has provided more than half a million Yemenis with the freedom of movement and work. They also had the opportunity to bring their families. He said that 285,000 Yemeni students had access to free public education in the Kingdom.

The Saudi envoy said that the Kingdom in February 2016 gave $59 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), with the total amount provided by the Kingdom to UNRWA since its establishment surpassing $500 million.