NAIROBI, Refugees at the huge Daadab refugee complex in eastern Kenya are facing starvation if donors do not chip in to provide the much need relief food, according to a number of United Nations agencies.
The latest report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) indicates that two million refuges in Africa, including those in Kenya, are critically in need of food assistance.
The UN agencies are warning that food shortages could worsen in coming months if new resources are not forthcoming, noting that the number of refugees in Africa had nearly doubled from 2.6 million in 2011 to nearly 5.0 million in 2016.
As a result, the humanitarian response was significantly under-funded and this had forced cuts to be made in food assistance for some groups of refugees.
The UN bodies are warning that the food crisis will have dire consequences on the health and protection of these vulnerable people, unless more support was urgently made available.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, says cuts in food assistance are as high as 50 per cent and this has a devastating impact on the health and nutrition of thousands of families living in refugee camps such as those in Daadab, which is home to more than 250,000 refugess in five camps.
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 among the refugees to make sure they stay alive.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK