800,000 refugees in Africa hit by acute food shortages

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Scene from a POC camp located at the Tomping site of UNMISS, in Juba, during food distribution by the IOM. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Nearly a million refugees in Africa face alarming food shortages as United Nations aid agencies struggle to raise funds to meet growing food aid needs.

The UN refugee agency UNHCR and the UN World Food Programme(WFP) have already began cutting daily food rations a situation they say is critical especially for refugee children many of whom are already in unacceptable levels of malnutrition, stunting and anaemia.

The agencies are now appealing for US $225 million to enable them to restore food rations and prevent further reductions over the next six months.

Antonio Guterres is the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

"It's not that donors have been forgetting UNHCR or WFP, the truth is that the multiplication of crisis we are witnessing in 2014 and the fact that Africa is to a certain extent the forgotten continent, when attention is essentially in Syrian, Ukraine and now in Iraq, has created a situation in which we are facing for the refugees in Africa a food security crisis and this food security crisis needs to be addressed and the way to address it is to provide to the WFP the additional resources that It needs to re-establish a normal support to the refugees in Africa in relation to their food requirements."

Food aid supplies have been cut by up to 60 per cent for refugees in Chad, while those in the Central African Republic, and South Sudan have seen their daily supplies cut by half.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.

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