2004 Press Release

Saudi Arabia Pledges $10.7 Million in Aid to Darfur

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will provide $10.7 million in humanitarian aid, through the Saudi Red Crescent Society, to displaced Sudanese refugees in the war-stricken region of Darfur in western Sudan.

The funds are earmarked for food and medicine, according to Dr.Abdulrahman Al-Swilem, head of the Saudi Red Crescent Society.  As part of this aid, a Saudi medical team flew to Darfur yesterday to provide urgent health services.

In addition, the Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations (AGFUND), based in Riyadh, has pledged $100,000 for humanitarian relief in the region, to be channeled through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan stated: "The Saudi people heed the call of international relief organizations when we can be of assistance financially and most importantly, medically.  We hope these funds help the Sudanese feed their families and provide the urgent medical care many of them need."