Ambassador Ghorm Said Malhan(3rd from left) shakes hands with WFP Kenya Country Director Ronald Sibanda during the hand-over ceremony. Looking on are Ambassador Ali Abbass, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya (extreme left) and, next to him, Abdulaziz Al Qifam, Auditor, Ministry of Finance, Saudi Arabia.
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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Kenya has welcomed a donation of more than 300 tons of dates worth some US$ 672,000 (about Ksh. 56 million) from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for refugees living in camps in Kakuma and Dadaab.
The consignment is part of a recent Saudi contribution of 4,000 tons of dates to WFP’s school feeding and refugee programmes in various countries, including in Tanzania and Somalia.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia firmly supports WFP’s efforts in the fight against hunger and will continue partnering with the organisation in this noble mission,” said Ambassador Ghom Said Malhan, at a handover ceremony in Nairobi today.
On behalf of more than half a million refugees who will be receiving the dates, WFP’s Kenya Country Director, Ronald Sibanda, thanked the Government and people of Saudi Arabia for their continued support.
“This is the fifth consecutive year that the refugees in Kenya have received dates from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” Sibanda said. “Not only are the dates highly nutritious, but, as we enter the period of Ramadan, they will also provide a timely and tasty addition to the cereals and other items in WFP’s food basket for the refugees.”
WFP has been providing food assistance to refugees in Kenya since 1991 when the first camp was set up in Kakuma. Currently there are a total of around 540,000 refugees, mainly from Sudan and Somalia, in Kakuma and Dadaab camps.