WFP cuts food supplies to IDPs in Shabaab-held areas
Hundreds of thousands of people who have fled the civil war in Muslim-dominated Somalia, which include deadly atrocities carried out by the terror group al-Shabaab, are seeing their food supplies cut in half by the United Nations’ World Food Program, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Officials at the U.N. said in a daily news update this week that the rations and cash allotments are being reduced because of a severe shortage of food supplies and funding.
“In an effort to stretch food supplies, WFP has been forced to cut the amount of food rations given to refugees in half,” Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for the secretary-general, said Tuesday.
“Even with that reduction, supplies are expected to last only until the end of February unless WFP receives more funding quickly. Annalisa Conte, WFP’s representative in Kenya, says about $13.7 million is needed to cover the food and cash needs for the refugees between now and April.”
According to CAJNewsAfrica, there are some 400,000 refugees in several camps in Kenya who are receiving cash and food.
Most of them are from Somalia, where a civil war in the Muslim-dominated region has battered the country for more than 25 years.
In addition, the al-Shabaab Muslim terror organization has been routinely attacking and slaughtering innocent victims in raids on villages. It especially targets minority Christians in the region.
Conte said the camps are at Dadaab and Kakuma.
The Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation said the food program typically supplies food baskets containing cereals, vegetable oil, flour and other items to camp residents.
It also gives them “cash equivalent to a third of their minimum food requirements to allow them to buy produce from local markets.”