Despite having vast oil wealth and some of the most super-rich households in the world, not only does poverty exist in Saudi Arabia – it’s rampant. And with inflation rising in Gulf economies, the gap between the rich and poor continues to increase.
Case in point: a YouTube channel “gotube” recently posted a video of a woman purportedly scavenging for food inside a dumpster while another showed large quantities of leftovers from a mass iftar (the evening meal during the holy month of Ramadan) being thrown away.
The authenticity of both the videos couldn't be independently verified.
Emirates 24/7 reports the scene was captured by a Saudi man “who was touched by the scene” as he was passing in that area in the city of Medina.
“In contrast, the second film shows that large quantities of food are being thrown into the garbage during Ramadan,” the website reports.
Although there’s little to no official data available about poor citizens in Saudi Arabia, an estimated 20% of the population lives in crippling poverty.
“The Saudi government discloses little official data about its poorest citizens. But press reports and private estimates suggest that between 2 million and 4 million of the country's native Saudis live on less than about $530 a month – about $17 a day – considered the poverty line in Saudi Arabia,” the Guardian reported in 2013.
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