Refugees face starvation as funds run dry

From ALLOYCE KIMBUNGA in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
DAR-ES-SALAAM, (CAJ News) – CASH-strapped food agencies have been forced to reduce rations to hundreds of refugees in Tanzania.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) confirmed it had cut the
rations to over 320 000 refugees at Mtendeli, Nduta and Nyarugusu camps northwest of the country.
The refugees have fled conflicts in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
WFP Tanzania country representative, Michael Dunford, said without an immediate response from donors, further ration cuts would be necessary as food stocks were running out.
“While WFP appreciates the support received so far, we are urgently appealing to donors to quickly come to the aid of the refugees and provide additional funding so that we can return to full rations and avoid any prolonged negative impacts.”
WFP urgently requires US$23,6 million (R308 million) from now to December to be able to meet the food and nutritional needs of the refugees.
Reducing rations results in far-reaching and potentially life-altering consequences for refugees, Dunford said.
Cutting the intake of kilocalories and nutritional support can lead to acute malnutrition and increased vulnerability to disease.
WFP provides refugees with maize meal, pulses, cereal, vegetable oil and salt.
Due to funding shortages, all commodities have been reduced.
– CAJ News

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