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Saudi Arabia steps up food aid drive in many countries during Ramadan

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RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) on Monday launched special Ramadan food distribution projects in different Muslim countries such as Yemen, Albania, and Pakistan.
The center distributes special food baskets that suffice the needs of an entire family for a month.
In the Ataq district of the Shabwah governorate in Yemen, the center distributed food baskets among 750 displaced families benefiting 3,750 individuals.
The center also launched a project to distribute 43,750 packs of dates in various directorates of the Aden governorate.
It is part of a Saudi project to distribute 5,000 tons of dates among the Yemeni people.
Yemeni Social Affairs and Labor Minister Dr. Mohammed Al-Zawari praised the center’s humanitarian efforts throughout the country.
Additionally, Saudi Arabia is working on several other humanitarian projects in different sectors in Yemen.
Through KSrelief, the Kingdom has provided emergency agricultural support worth $5 million in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization. The aid aims to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus diseases (COVID-19) pandemic on Yemen.
In cooperation with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the center is supporting different programs costing $12 million.
In February, KSrelief signed a $40 million agreement with the World Food Programme to ensure food security in the war-torn country.

HIGHLIGHTS

• In the Ataq District of the Shabwah governorate in Yemen, the center distributed food baskets among 750 displaced families.

• The center also launched a project to distribute 43,750 packs of dates in various directorates of the Aden governorate.

• KSrelief distributed 830 food baskets in the Albanian capital Tirana.

• The center also distributed 2,525 Ramadan food baskets in different parts of Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

It aims to meet the priorities of food security and nutritional needs of Yemenis, in conjunction with the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification Report for food insecurity analysis in the country.
Marib, Taiz, Aden, and Sanaa are among the governorates that will receive the aid. The project will be completed within six months.

Albania
The center distributed 830 food baskets among widows, orphans, and people with special needs in the Albanian capital Tirana. The aid benefited 4,150 individuals.

Pakistan
KSrelief also distributed 2,525 Ramadan food baskets in different parts of Pakistan’s Balochistan province benefitting 15,150 individuals.
According to a recent KSrelief report, Yemen has received the most aid ($3.47 billion), followed by Palestine ($363 million), Syria ($305 million), and Somalia ($202 million).
KSrelief has implemented 1,536 projects worth nearly $5 billion in 59 countries since its inception in May 2015.

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