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Food rations reduced for refugees in Kenya

On World Refugee Day, displaced persons in Kenya are having their food rations reduced because of low funding. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says that refugees from the wars in Somalia and South Sudan will receive 30 percent less food.

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Millions at risk of starvation in South Sudan

The hunger emergency in South Sudan is described as “frightening” by Oxfam‘s country director Zlatko Gegic. There are already 3.8 million people suffering from severe hunger in the conflict-torn nation.

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Boko Haram causing a hunger crisis

Boko Haram violence has displaced thousands in northeast Nigeria. It has also spilled over into other countries, causing a hunger crisis in Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is trying to provide aid for thousands displaced by the terrorist group. The Far North Region of Cameroon, for example, is having to take in many conflict victims. Yet this region is one of the poorest in the world. The host communities need assistance themselves.

These affected areas of West Africa are also in the lean season, when food supplies are already low. Malnutrition rates are high.

WFP says the situation is urgent. Denise Brown, the WFP director for West Africa explains,

Women displaced by conflict have lost their husbands, walked for days to safety and rely on the support of already vulnerable communities. The lean season is upon us, and as local granaries are emptying, women tell of their families going hungry.”

Tragically, WFP is not able to provide food aid to all the victims due to funding shortages. Less than half of the people WFP planned to feed have received the food. Others have received reduced rations.

WFP requires around $ US 74.8 million to reach the hungry. The plan is to feed around 395,900 persons affected by the violence.

WFP is urging the international community to step up support for the emergency mission. The UN food agency relies entirely on voluntary donations.

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Oxfam warns about South Sudan crisis

The charity Oxfam is warning that South Sudan has reached a breaking point as conflict and a collapsed economy take their toll. A severe hunger crisis could threaten over 3 million people by June.

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Malawi determined to build home-grown school feeding

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Japan a friend to the hungry in South Sudan

The government of Japan has once again come through for the hungry and poor.

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How Finland helps war victims in Sudan

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a contribution from Finland. Over 300,000 people in refugee camps in Sudan will benefit from this donation.

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Helicopters bring food to flood victims

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) continues to rush aid to flood victims in Malawi. Heavy rains last month wiped away homes and left over 120,000 displaced in the African nation.

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Heavy floods strike Malawi, food aid needed

Massive flooding has struck the African nation of Malawi and humanitarian aid is urgently needed.

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UK makes holiday gift to Sudan

The United Kingdom made a holiday gift to Sudan this week.

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