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UN to resume full food provisions to refugees in Dadaab, Kakuma

30 December 2014, 17:26 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The UN has said it will resume full food provisions to refugees in the country after stopping last month.

World Food Programme (WFP) said Tuesday it will resume full food rations to refugees in northern Kenya in January following a successful appeal to foreign donors.

Last month , it announced that it had been forced to slash food handouts to nearly half a million people living in the Dadaab and Kakuma camps in the north Eastern province.

The camps house refugees from Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan.

" The refugees depend on food assistance for their survival and we are relieved that we can now once again meet the full food needs of refugees in Dadaab and Kakuma," Thomas Hansson, Acting Country Director for Kenya told News24.

Dadaab houses over 350,000 Somali refugees.

Kakuma on the other hand, which is based in Turkana is home to refugees from South Sudan, Sudan and a few from Somalia.

Hansson said that the fresh contributions for the food kitty had come from the United States, Saudi Arabia, European Union, Britain, Denmark and Germany.

The fund, he said had been boosted by an estimated USD 45 million.

" Thanks to the additional funds, rations will only be cut by 40 percent in December and return to normal levels in January, he confirmed.

The WFP spends almost USD 10 million a month to hand out food needed to feed over 500,000 refugees alone in Kenya.

Plans are already underway, in coordination with the UN refugee agency to have those numbers reduced to well under 100,000 as conflicts in especially Somalia and South Sudan ease.

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