DAR ES SALAAM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of dates valued at US$126,000 from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to support refugees living in north-west Tanzania.
A ceremony held at WFP’s Tanzania Country Office in Dar es Salaam was attended by Mr. Walid Bin Abdulrahman Alzinedi, a delegate from the Ministry of Finance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Mr. Wajih Bin Masoud Alotaibli, an attache of Economic and Culture Affairs with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Republic of Tanzania.
The consignment of 54 metric tons of dates arrived aboard MV City of Beijing in March and was immediately dispatched from Dar es Salaam to Nyaragusu refugee camp earlier this month. Distribution of the dates to the refugees is due to start in May.
“WFP is grateful to Saudi Arabia for this latest contribution of dates to our refugee operation,” said WFP Tanzania Representative Richard Ragan. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a valued and consistent supporter of WFP, having contributed nearly US$4 million towards WFP’s operations in Tanzania since 2006,”
The dates will supplement WFP’s monthly food assistance to refugees which consists of maize meal, pulses, Super Cereal (nutritious porridge), salt and fortified vegetable oil. WFP also provides specialized nutritional support to mothers and young children in the camp.
Nyaragusu camp holds more than 65,000 refugees, mostly from DRC with a small number from Burundi. Tanzania has been hosting these refugees since the early 1990s.
WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 75 countries.
Follow us on Twitter @wfp_media
For more information please contact:
Fizza Moloo, WFP/Tanzania, Email: email@example.com Mob: +255 784 720022