Saudi Arabia Supports WFP Refugee Operation In Tanzania With Donation Of Dates

Published on 29 May 2013

WFP Tanzania Country Representative Richard Ragan accepts a donation of 153 metric tons of dates from Saudi Arabia for refugee operations in the country. He is pictured here at a small handover ceremony with Mr Atif Yousuf Mubarak (left) of the Saudi Arabian Embassy and Mr Ahmad Mohammad Al Yahya (right) of the Saudi Ministry of Finance.  Photo credit: Khalfan Said

DAR ES SALAAM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today received a donation of dates valued at USD $340,000 from the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to support refugee operations in the northwest of Tanzania.

During a hand-over ceremony, WFP Representative Richard Ragan thanked Mr Atif Yousuf Mubarak of the Saudi Arabian Embassy and Mr Ahmad Mohammad Al Yahya of the Saudi Ministry of Finance for their country’s generous support. “Saudi Arabia is a valued contributor to WFP’s work in Tanzania, having donated nearly USD $4 million to WFP in recent years,” said Ragan.

The 153 metric tons of dates – approximately five truckloads – arrived at the port of Dar es Salaam in late April.  The consignment is currently being dispatched to Nyarugusu Camp in Kigoma region, and distribution will take place in July and August. Each refugee will receive 2 kgs of dates.

The donation will supplement the fortnightly distributions of food rations comprising maize meal, pulses, Super Cereal (a nutritious porridge), salt, and fortified vegetable oil.

Nyarugusu’s  70,000 refugees have fled civil unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo  and Burundi.   Tanzania has been hosting refugees since the early 1990s, although many of them have subsequently returned home.

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