Full rations of food aid delivered in Kenya thanks to donors

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Turkana Central, Kenya. Copyright: Andrew Macua and Geoffery Arasa/WFP

The provision of full food rations will resume for refugees in Kenya next month the World Food Programme (WFP) has said.

The UN food agency distributes food twice a month to around half a million refugees in both the Dadaab and Kakuma camps in northern Kenya.

In mid-November, insufficient funding forced WFP to reduce the size of their food rations by half.

Following an appeal, US$45 million was raised allowing WFP to limit the size of the ration cut in December to 40 per cent.

Challis McDonough is spokesperson for WFP in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

"We've had new contributions from Denmark, from the European Union, from Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, the UN Emergency Response Fund, and there a significant $20 million in-kind contribution from the United States that is expected to arrive in February." (0'16")

These contributions will now enable the full resumption of rations on 1 January.

Kenyan government policy prevents refugees from working outside the camps, leaving them highly dependent on international assistance.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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