NAIROBI: THE United Nations World Food Programme hailed the role played by the late King of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, for his role in providing funds to feed refugees in the continent.
He died on Thursday, aged 90, three weeks after being hospitalized for pneumonia. The Executive Director of the WFP, Ertharin Cousin, has expressed her condolences to the Government and People of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the death.
“He was a true humanitarian leader, always on the side of the world’s hungry poor,” Cousin said.
“When we struggled to save lives and to feed people fleeing from conflict or natural disasters, we could always count on the King’s generosity at the most difficult moments.” Among refugees to benefit from the monarch’s generosity were in Kenya.
Last month, as WFP struggled a shortage of funding to meet the food needs of refugees, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia made a new contribution of a total of US$104 million.
The December 2014 contribution from the Kingdom also included US$42 million for refugees in Ethiopia, many from South Sudan, and US$10 million for refugees in Kenya.
“King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud worked tirelessly to improve the lives of his people and people suffering far from his homeland. The world, and especially, the people he helped will never forget his life-saving support,” said Cousin.
“On behalf of WFP staff and the millions of people he helped us serve around the world, we express our deep condolences to the Saudi people at the loss of a true, outstanding world leader.”
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY