Saudi Aid to Relieve the Problem of Drought

The onset of the drought problem in the Sahel prompted the government and the people of Saudi Arabia to come to the rescue of the African countries of the Sahel afflicted. Donations and grants were extended through bilateral channels for support of reform programs and of economic and social plans so as to ensure immediate and beneficial relief for the African peoples.

During the third Islamic Summit held in the Holy City of Makkah in 1984 (1404/05 AH), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced the allocation of 382 million Saudi Riyals for the implementation of an emergency program to assist the following countries of the Sahel affected by the drought in Africa: Cape Verde, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Chad. 15% of this amount was allocated for the provision of large quantities of foodstuffs and their immediate distribution to the afflicted victims. The balance, amounting to 318,750,000 Saudi Riyals was allocated to a special program for digging wells and rural development in the ten countries of the Sahel.

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