NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – FINANCIALLY struggling aid agencies could be forced to stop feeding over 400 000 refugees in Kenya as cash and food reserves diminish.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has subsequently been forced to make new cuts in food rations by half.
The food currently available will only last until the end of February unless WFP receives new funding quickly.
WFP immediately requires US$13,7 million (R190 million) to cover the food and cash needs for the refugees between December and April.
“Without an urgent response from other donors, we will completely run out of food for more than 400 000 people in Dadaab and Kakuma at the end of February,” said Annalisa Conte, WFP’s representative and country director for Kenya.
Refugees in the camps receive a monthly in-kind food basket of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, flour and a cash transfer.
Children, pregnant women and nursing mothers receive fortified foods while pupils receive porridge in primary schools.
The majority of refugees are from Somalia where a civil war has battered the country for over 25 years and the Al Shabaab terror group is carrying out deadly attacks.
– CAJ NEWS