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WFP welcomes Russia food donation

24 October 2013, 10:18

Nairobi - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of wheat flour from the Russian Federation to support refugees in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps in the country.

The Russian Federation committed funds worth US$ 1 million (about KSh 86 million) in that regard.

“The Russian Federation firmly supports WFP’s efforts in the fight against hunger and will continue partnering with the organization in this noble mission,” stated Alexander Makarenko, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Kenya.

WFP will distribute the wheat flour to refugees in the Dadaab and Kakuma camps as part of a staple food basket that consists of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil and salt.

“This contribution comes at a particularly critical time when our refugee programme is facing funding difficulties,” said Ronald Sibanda, WFP’s Country Director for Kenya.

“Russia’s generosity will help WFP to continue providing vital assistance to the refugees, who have no other means of support,” Sibanda added.

Kenya hosts one of the largest refugee populations in the world.

WFP has been providing food assistance to thousands of refugees from across the region since the camps in Dadaab and Kakuma were established more than 20 years ago.

The UN is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.

In 2012, it reached more than 97 million people in 80 countries with food assistance.

– CAJ News


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