UNHCR show attracts 9000 people in Riyadh, Jeddah
Nearly 9,000 people visited the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) road show held in Riyadh and Jeddah.
The plight of 67 million persons of concern world wide, who come under UNHCR mandate, was showcased at the awareness campaign held in Riyadh and followed by a similar event in Jeddah.
The two-day event in the two major cities was organized by the regional office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the GCC countries in commemoration of the World Refugee day which falls on June 20.
According to an official from the UNHCR office in Riyadh , some 20 Saudi young men and women took part in the awareness campaign as volunteers in Riyadh and in Jeddah. “ Their participation gave a moral boost to the UNHCR staff,” she said.
Earlier in an interview with Riyadh Daily, UNHCR Regional Representative for the GCC countries Khalid Khalifa said the purpose of the roadshow is to showcase the plight of over 67 million persons of concern worldwide, and UNHCR mandate towards them, also the humanitarian role played by Saudi Arabia to assist in alleviating their sufferings through its partnership with UNHCR.
The booth contained a real refugee tent, in addition to other activities. “ An unprecedented crowd visited the pavilion and the visual aides displayed by the UNHCR attracted a large number of visitors to the show.”
The visitors showed a lot of interest and empathy to the refugees and were very passionate about UNHCR’s noble and humanitarian cause.
Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest donors of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and it is currently hosting more than two million people from refugee producing countries.
Among those who are hosted by the Kingdom include 3 million Yemenis, 246,000 Rohingyas in Makkah and 960,000 Syrians.
Saudi Arabia is the second largest host in the world to Rohingya refugees after Bangladesh which has more than one million in Dhaka.
The Kingdom remains a major donor to the UNHCR, so far it has contributed almost a quarter billion US dollar to support various UNHCR situations within the last 10 years.
Saudi Arabia has been a generous partner of the UNHCR, Khalifa said that KSA and UAE donated $1 billion for the Humanitarian Response Plan to the UN for the rehabilitation projects in Yemen.