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UN body battles malnutrition at refugee camps

19 March 2014, 15:12

Nairobi - World Food Programme (WFP) is concerned with the prevalence of malnutrition among minors that is being spread to countries neighbouring South Sudan due to the ongoing crisis in the country

More than 210 000 refugees from South Sudan have arrived in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan since the crisis began late last year.

Among the camps bearing the brunt of the crisis is the Kakuma refugee camp in Turkana County.

We are concerned about reports of alarmingly high rates of malnutrition among children arriving at refugee camps in neighbouring countries," said Valerie Guarnieri, WFP Regional Director for East and Central Africa.

"While we are working with partners to provide specialized nutritious foods for refugee children, the high levels of malnutrition are a sign that the humanitarian situation in inaccessible regions of South Sudan may
be rapidly deteriorating."

WFP has provided lifesaving food assistance and nutrition support to around 765 000 people in South Sudan since the crisis began in mid-December, including more than 430 000 people displaced or directly affected by conflict, as well as to another 335 000 people from pre-existing caseloads, who are refugees or members of other vulnerable groups.

WFP aims to scale up its assistance to support 2.5 million conflict-affected and food-insecure people in South Sudan over the coming months.

 - CAJ News

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