UN: Millions of refugees in Kenya camps face new rations cut, says WFP

New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday said refugees
at Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps in Kenya face a 30 percent cut in their daily ration
following a funding shortfall and dwindling supplies.

An update on the refugees situation, made available to UN reporters in New York, indicated
that this was the second time in little over six months that WFP has had to reduce refugees'
daily food intake to below minimum recommended levels.

About half a million refugees living in two camps in the north of the East African nation are
set to be affected. Starting on Monday, refugees in the Dadaab and Kakuma camps will
receive 30 percent less food than usual.

According to WFP, it had no choice, as its stocks are "running out".

The agency recalled that it was forced to take even more drastic measures in November
last year, when it had to cut rations by half, but they were restored to 100 percent
shortly afterwards.

It said that going forward, refugees at both camps will get just 1,520 calories a day,
which is well below the recommended minimum daily intake.

WFP hopes the measure will be temporary, but it is expected to be maintained until
September at least.

In the meantime WFP has called on the international community to cover about
US$40 million funding shortfall to take it through to January next year.

The money would help the agency distribute 9,300 metric tonnes of food
each month to 500,000 refugees in the camps, most of whom come from Somalia
and South Sudan, it said.
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