Amid growing international condemnation, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia now has come forward with a grand proposal that aims to build 200 mosques in German cities for Syrian refugees.
Germany Daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, quoting a report in Lebanese newspaper Al Diyar, said that the Saudi monarchs, who have been criticised for doing nothing to help the Syrian refugees, have offered to build as many as 200 mosques in Germany for Muslims who have fled war-torn Syria.
KSA reportedly has proposed to build one mosque for every 100 refugees who entered Germany in extraordinary numbers last weekend. The proposal is still pending with the German authorities.
Even as the migrant crisis threatens Europe, the Saudi nation that boasts of being a cradle of Islam has shown little effort to help the desperate refugees.
According to Amnesty International, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar, "have offered zero resettlement places to Syrian refugees," France24 reported.
An estimated four million Syrians have fled their homes since the start of the conflict in 2011. According to The Independent, the Saudis recently revealed that 500,000 Syrians have found homes in KSA, but as workers and not refugees.
But when it comes to actually helping the refugees, countries such as Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan have done way more than the wealthy Saudis.
Turkey has assisted 2 million Syrian refugees, while Lebanon took in 1.1 million and Jordan has aided 630,000 displaced Syrians. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in contrast the Saudi government in 2014 helped 561 refugees and 100 asylum seekers, reported The Wall Street Journal.