The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has donated SR50m (US$ 13.5m) for humanitarian aid to Yemeni refugees and constructed 300 housing units for Yemeni refugees in Djibouti, stated Yemeni Vice President Khalid Bahah and said the Saudi government is doing its best to look after the Yemeni refugees in Yemen.
In May, the Riyadh-based King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Work and UNICEF signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to relieve Yemeni refugees in Djibouti where Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, supervisor general of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Work, and Ibrahim Al-Zeeg, UNICEF representative, co-signed for the two parties and attended by Djibouti’s ambassador and a number of dignitaries in charge of humanitarian relief delivery to the world’s needy children.
Djibouti through the presidential spokesman Naguib Ali Taher had appealed for aid after hundreds of Yemeni refugees fleeing civil war arrived in the Horn of African nation, adding to thousands already being supported.
Djibouti is a nation of over 800,000 people had become a haven for Yemeni refugees fleeing the conflicts in their home country due to both nations’ proximity. Almost 30,000 Yemenis have arrived in the small state since late March, according to the U.N. refugee agency, the UNHCR. Many are wounded, and Djibouti’s hospitals are already overstretched providing support.
Yemen is undergoing an internal conflict that began in 2015 between two factions claiming to constitute the Yemeni government, along with their supporters and allies.
Saudi Arabia humanitarian assistance in the last 10 years has seen Yemen benefitting over US$131m and had the Kingdom become the largest donor to Yemen between 2003 and 2012.