Over 10,000 starving Indian workers in Saudi Arabia have received 16,000kg of food from their own government, which was distributed in front of the India’s consulate in the port city of Jeddah.
Over 10,000 Indian workers were laid off in Saudi Arabia after growth has slowed in the country, triggered by the negative effects of falling oil prices.
The workers were left without any money to buy food or travel back to India. They asked their government for help.
The desperate situation came to light after India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said “large numbers” of Indians had been laid off in Saudi Arabia.
Swaraj appealed to the Indian community on Twitter to “help your fellow brothers and sisters.”
“I assure you that no Indian worker rendered unemployed in Saudi Arabia will go without food,” she wrote.
Investigations into the matter revealed that thousands were starving across Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Source