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UN warns African refugees of food shortages due to insufficient money

ROME: The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) warned Sunday (June 19) that refugees in East and West Africa were facing smaller food rations due to strong demand and insufficient funding.

Three-quarters of refugees in East Africa supported by the United Nations program have seen their rations cut by up to 50 percent, the WFP said, with those in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda being the hardest hit.

“We are being forced to make the heartbreaking decision to cut food rations for refugees who depend on us for their survival,” said WFP Director David Beasley.

The resources available could not keep up with the rising demand for food around the world, he said.

In West Africa – notably Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – the WFP had cut rations “significantly”.

It warned of impending disruptions in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

On Tuesday, the WFP appealed for $426 million to avert famine in South Sudan, where years of conflict and flooding have displaced millions of people from their homes.

It said more than two-thirds of the population needed humanitarian aid, and 8.3 million people, including refugees, are expected to face “severe acute hunger” this year.

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