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05 March 2024

Saudi sells car, clothes to buy food for family

By Staff

A Saudi man began selling his clothes after the sale of his car, television set and fridge to buy food for his wife and seven children, saying

“poverty is banging my door and I have no other choice.”

Although he is a citizen of the world

’s largest oil exporter, the man from the central town of Onaiza said he had to sell his clothes to buy food and medicine for his wife and himself as both are suffering from diabetes.

"I have sold almost every thing I have and I am now selling my clothes to get food for my children and medicine for my wife and myself,” the unnamed man said, quoting by the Arabic language daily Sharq.

He said he was appealing for King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to provide him with a free home and a small monthly wage to save his family from poverty.

Sharq quoted a recent report by the Shura council (appointed parliament) as showing 22 per cent of the Gulf kingdom’s population are poor although the country controls over a fifth of the world’s oil wealth.

Saudi Arabia’s population stood at around 27 million at the end of 2010, including nearly 19 million Saudis and eight million foreigners.