Half-million refugees in Kenya hit by UN shortage

Half a million refugees in Kenya are forced to go on half rations as the World Food Program scrambles for funding.

By: Associated Press | United Nations | Published: November 15, 2014 5:42:16 am

Half a million refugees in Kenya are being forced to go on half rations as the World Food Program scrambles for funding amid an unprecedented number of major emergencies around the globe.

Senior spokesman Steve Taravella says the UN food agency is increasingly taking this last-resort measure as the world body responds to five of the most severe humanitarian crises. They are Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Central African Republic and West Africa with the Ebola outbreak.

Taravella says WFP expects it will be forced to reduce rations in other places.

With the cut, the 500,000 refugees mostly from South Sudan and Somalia will receive a food ration of just over 1,000 calories a day through the end of January, when a United States food donation is expected to arrive.

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