It is estimated that these cuts will affect more than three million people in the eastern part of the continent.
‘We have never had such a terrible financial situation for refugees. There is a deficit of $ 266 million to meet their minimum needs for the next six months, ”said Michael Dunford, WFP’s regional director for East Africa.
‘The immediate priority should be to restore aid to refugees at a minimum level’, and many of them have been affected by the Govt-19 epidemic.
“We must now begin to meet the food and nutrition needs of refugees in the region,” the UN said. The officer said.
For his part, Clementine Nquetta-salami, director of the Horn and Great Lakes in Africa, the regional office for the UNHCR’s eastern office, acknowledged that “the epidemic has wreaked havoc on everyone, but still on refugees.”
He said security concerns were growing and that food or cash cuts were causing negative coping strategies to meet the basic food needs of refugees and listed many detrimental effects.
“Often there is frustration and a sense that there is no alternative,” the officer lamented.
Of the 11 countries served by the UNHCR’s Office for the Horn and Large Lakes of East Africa, 72 percent of the 4.7 million refugees face food shortages.
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