By Mbarak Abucheri
The United Nations World Food Program(WFP) has said it will cut food rations for refugees living in in Dadaab and Kakuma camps starting this month due to insufficient funding. The two main camps are primarily home to refugees from South Sudan and Somalia.
In a statement, the WFP Representative and Country Director in Kenya, Annalisa Conte, noted that the agency is facing a critical shortage of resources which has compelled it to reduce the amount of food given to the refugees only 6 months after it resumed full rations. The food ration will be cut by 30 percent.
“We are facing a critical shortage of resources which has compelled us to reduce the amount of food given to the refugees only six months after we resumed full rations,” said Annalisa Conte.
However, Annalisa Conte stated that WFP will reduce the share of food while keeping the cash transfers unchanged. Annalisa Conte further said they urgently need 28.5 million US dollars to adequately cover the food assistance needs for the refugees for the next six months.
She revealed the over 420,000 refugees living in Dadaab and Kakuma camps will receive a food ration equivalent to 70 percent of their requirements. In addition, WFP will not provide fortified flour to the general population as the low stocks remaining will be prioritized for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers through health clinics