Refugees at Daadab camp face starvation

By KBC Reporter

Refugees living at the Daadab refugee camp are staring at starvation if donor agencies do not chip in to provide the much need relief food.

The latest report from the World Food Programme and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees indicates that two million refuges among them those in Kenya are critically in need of food assistance.

The two agencies are warning that food shortages could worsen in coming months if new resources are not forthcoming.

The number of refugees in Africa nearly doubled from 2.6 million in 2011 to nearly 5 million in 2016.

As a result, the humanitarian response is significantly underfunded and this has forced cuts in food assistance for some groups of refugees.

WFP and UNHCR are warning that the food crisis will have dire consequences on the health and protection of such vulnerable people, unless more support is urgently made available.

In a statement, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said that the cuts in food assistance are as high as fifty percent and this has a devastating impact on the health and nutrition of thousands of families living in refugee camps such as those in Daadab.

The Executive Director of the World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin said that millions of refugees depend on WFP food and they are working effortlessly to treat and prevent malnutrition amongst the refugees to stay alive.

UNHCR and WFP are concerned that sustained cuts to food assistance will have severe nutrition and protection related consequences as refugees try to cope by skipping meals, pulling their children out of schools to stay at home or work and selling family assets.



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