Mogadishu, January 28, 2024, In Mogadishu today, Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Advisor at the Royal Court and Supervisor General of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), launched a comprehensive set of 24 humanitarian and relief projects in Somalia. These initiatives span across crucial sectors such as food, health, education, water, and environmental sanitation. Anticipated to benefit approximately 5,798,077 individuals, the total value of these projects is estimated at $45 million.
The launching ceremony was attended by several dignitaries, including Somali Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre, Assistant Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Affairs for Humanitarian, Cultural, Family, and Social Affairs Ambassador Tariq Ali Bakheet, Saudi Ambassador to Somalia Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Mawlid, and Dr. Al Rabeeah's accompanying delegation.
Expressing his joy at the occasion, Dr. Al Rabeeah underscored the significance of inaugurating and signing a package of humanitarian projects tailored to address the needs of the Somali people. This event not only signifies a commitment to humanitarian causes but also reflects the strengthened relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Somalia, rooted in mutual respect and characterized by successive visits from officials aimed at promoting and developing cooperation.
During his remarks, Dr. Al Rabeeah provided an overview of Saudi Arabia's extensive humanitarian assistance on a global scale, amounting to $127.78 billion. The KSrelief alone has implemented 2,783 projects worth approximately $6.6 billion across 95 countries, with the participation of 175 UN, international, and regional partners. Emphasizing impartiality and a thoughtful methodology, he highlighted that the total assistance provided to Somalia until the end of 2023 reached $423 million, with the KSrelief contributing around $227 million to execute 106 projects. Dr. Al Rabeeah concluded by affirming the center's unwavering commitment to continuing its humanitarian support for the brotherly Somali people.