UK funds to help Kenya in S/Sudan crisisfrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya Bureau Chief
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – THE United Kingdom has pledged more than £16 million as further support for Kenya as part of the humanitarian response to the South Sudan crisis.
The European country will provide emergency food, shelter and sanitation to 500 000 refugees that have fled the ongoing fighting in South Sudan.
With almost a quarter of refugees reaching camps in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda suffering from acute malnutrition, the new £16.4 million package will provide £3,2 million (about Ksh. 450 million) to the World Food Programme (WFP) to help fill a gap in its food supply in Kenya, without which it would be forced to reduce the size of the rations it provides to refugees.
A total of £5,8 million will be provided to WFP for 360 000 refugees in Uganda including food for all children younger than two years and targeted supplementary feeding for children under five and £7,4 million to the UNHCR and WFP to assist 200 000 refugees in Ethiopia where recent flooding has destroyed camps.
International Development Minister, Desmond Swayne, said millions of people had fled intolerable violence in South Sudan only to face uncertainty and further hardship where they seek refuge.
“This additional funding from the UK will help ensure these families have their basic needs met.
“Ultimately, though, only a political solution to the conflict will allow them the peace and security they deserve,” Swayne
This new funding brings the UK’s total support for refugees that have fled South Sudan to over £58 million since December 2013, as well as more than £130 million for the 1, 4 million people who have been displaced from their homes but remain in the country.
– CAJ News
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