Due to the persistence of the drought problem in a number of the African countries for several years, growing worse and spreading its ill effects, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
called upon the citizens of the Kingdom to extend aid to their brothers in Africa. Official and national committees were formed in each Saudi city under the auspices of a high ministerial committee to receive contributions in money and in kind from citizens and to ensure that they are promptly delivered to the afflicted African countries. The response of the Muslim people of Saudi Arabia was prompt and generous. Through 1988 (1408 AH), assistance in money and in kind amounted to more than 325 million Saudi Riyals, including more than 152,120 tons of grains and various foodstuffs, clothing, tents, blankets, ambulances, water trucks, and fuel. It benefited more than 3.5 million victims in Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Djibouti, Comoro Islands and Morocco.