150,000 refugees in Uganda face 50% food ration cut

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Congolese refugees in Uganda. [Photo: UNHCR/L.Beck]

Around 150,000 refugees in Uganda will receive reduced food rations from the UN food agency starting Tuesday because of insufficient funding.

The ration cut of 50 per cent comes as the World Food Programme (WFP) struggles to raise an additional US$ 30 million for its operations in the East African country for the next six months.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Nearly half of all refugees receiving food assistance from WFP will be affected which  mostly includes people who arrived before July 2013.

The measures does not affect some 138,000 South Sudanese refugees who fled their country in December 2013 when fighting erupted. Nor does it affect extremely vulnerable refugees identified by the UN refugee agency.

WFP requires USD$ 7.6 million each month to support an estimated 383,000 refugees in 2014.

The influx of refugees from South Sudan in the last 13 months has tripled the monthly funding requirement.

Without the reduction, The agency says it could run out of food stocks for all refugees in Uganda by April this year.

Cutting rations is a last resort to make sure that aid to the most vulnerable is continued.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations

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