Funding shortfall forces rations cuts to Kenya refugees as 'last resort'

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WFP, through its partner, the Lutheran World Federation, provided three cooked meals to refugees from South Sudan at Kakuma Camp, Kenya. Photo: WFP/Rose Ogola

Half a million Kenya refugees are to have their daily food rations cut in half as the World Food Programme (WFP) struggles to meet a funding shortfall.

Instead of their usual 2,100 calorie-a-day intake, the refugees will get just 1050, UN agency spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said.

The refugees come mainly from Somalia and South Sudan and live in the Dadaab and Kakuma camps in remote areas in northern Kenya.

"We are cutting rations as a last resort, and we hope it's a short-term measure; we will cut the food ration with the second distribution cycle beginning November 16."

With no further contributions forthcoming from donors, the UN agency plans to extend the emergency cuts until the end of January next year.

In total, the UN food agency needs 38 million dollars to cover its refugee operation in Kenya for the next six months.

Each month, WFP distributes 9,700 metric tons of food to refugees in Kenya at a cost of almost 10 million dollars.

In February, a substantial food delivery is expected to arrive from the United States, which should provide enough food for six weeks.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations.

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