While the European countries are overwhelmed and sermonized by their inability to accommodate enough refugees, Saudi Arabia, which has hosted zero migrants, has 100,000 air-conditioned tents that can accommodate 3 million people, who are currently completely empty.
The sprawling network of high-quality shelters located in the city of Mina extend over more than 20 square kilometers in a valley and are used only 5 days a year for Hajj pilgrims. As the website Amusing Planet reports, “For the rest of the year, Mina is totally deserted. “
The tents, which are 8 meters by 8 meters long, were built permanently by the Saudi government in the 1990s and were upgraded in 1997 to resist fires. They are divided into camps that include kitchens and bath complexes.
The tents can accommodate up to 4 million Syrian refugees who fled their country because of the civil war, which is largely the result of the Saudi government’s role in financing and arming jihadist groups.
As the Washington Post reports, the wealthy Arab nations of the Gulf such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and others have not taken Syrian refugees. Although Saudi Arabia claims to have hosted 500,000 Syrians since 2011, human rights groups demonstrate that these people were not migrants and did not flee their country for the same reasons that they do. Europe. In comparison, Lebanon has accepted 1.3 million refugees, more than a quarter of its own population.
The Saudis explained that the tents of Mina were necessary to host the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, but since the Arab concept of the Ummah is supposed to offer protection to all Muslims under a single fraternity, an alternative place could have been found to house the desperate families fleeing the war and the persecutions of the Islamic State.
As Europe crumbles beneath the millions of potential people who do not share the same culture or religious background as the host populations, the Persian Gulf states refuse to roll up their sleeves and have resolved to only give money to solve the problem.
There is virtually 0 per cent chance that Syrian refugees will stay in Mina, while thousands of tents are totally empty and represent the hypocrisy shared by the Arab Gulf states when it comes to helping countries in crisis.