Rwanda: Congolese refugees receive half rations

Today, the World Food Program (WFP) began handing out half-rations to Congolese refugees in three camps in Rwanda. This decision comes as the result of a lack of funding.

The three camps, alongside two transit centers, host an estimated 54,000 refugees from the conflict in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). According to WFP Rwanda Country Director Mr.  Abdoulaye Balde, the camps have been facing a funding shortage since the beginning of the year, which he attributes to the recent financial crisis. While halving rations for the refugees presents problems in  and of itself, the WFP has announced a critical shortage of Super  Cereal, which is designed to nourish HIV patients and malnourished  children. At present, the camps in Rwanda are facing a funding shortfall of $3.8 million.

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