Insecurity, lack of funds hamper refugee camps
from ANTONY LANGAT in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – REFUGEE camps in Kenya and other countries in Africa are facing an unexpected decline of rations reduction due to shortages of funding.
According to United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and World Food Programme (WFP) the cuts in funding are a result of insecurity that has affected deliveries.
WFP Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, and UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, appealed during a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland for $186 million to allow WFP to restore full rations and another $39 million to enable UNHCR to provide nutrition support to malnourished and vulnerable refugees in Africa.
“The number of crises around the world is far outpacing the level of funding for humanitarian operations, and vulnerable refugees in critical operations are falling through the cracks,” said Guterres.
“It is unacceptable in today’s world of plenty for refugees to face chronic hunger or that their children drop out of school to help families survive.”
Across Africa, 2,4 million refugees in some 200 sites in 22 countries depend on regular food aid from WFP.
Currently, a third of those refugees have seen reductions in their rations, with refugees in Chad facing cuts as high as 60 percent, according to a joint news release issued by the two agencies.
Supplies have been cut by at least 50 per cent for nearly 450 000 refugees in remote camps and other sites in the Central African Republic, Chad and South Sudan.
Another 338 000 refugees in Liberia, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Ghana, Mauritania and Uganda have seen their rations reduced by between 5 percent and 43 percent.
– CAJ News
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