NAIROBI, The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received 5.0 million US dollars in food aid from the Chinese government for refugees at the Kakuma refugee camp in northern Kenya.
The money was used to buy 9,000 tonnes of cereals for 420,000 refugees in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugees camps. After more than a year of ration cuts caused by funding shortages, new donor contributions from China and other countries have enabled the WFP to resume full food rations for four months.
“We welcome this critical contribution from China as WFP has struggled to provide adequate food to refugees living in camps in food-insecure northern Kenya due to insufficient funds,” said Annalisa Conte, the WFP’s Country Director and Representative for Kenya.
Liu Xianfa, China’s Ambassador to Kenya, said China had responded quickly to the appeals of the international community for support to the refugees.
“We have provided relief materials or cash aid as needed. At the same time, China has within its capacity rendered support to the assistance programs initiated by multilateral development organizations, and has exchanged experience in an increasingly open-minded manner,” Liu said.
Kenya has the second largest refugee population in Africa. The East African country hosts more than 600,000 registered refugees, the majority of them fleeing conflict in Somalia and South Sudan, who mostly live in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps.
In Kenya, refugees cannot work outside the refugee camps and with limited sources of income, they are heavily dependent on the WFP for food. Refugees collect a general food ration which consists of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, salt and a nutrient-enriched flour made from soya and maize.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK