UN Agency Cuts Refugees' Food Rations in Uganda As Funds Decline

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned it will have to further reduce monthly relief cash and food rations for 1.26 million refugees in Uganda due to a funding shortfall.  With effect from February 2021, refugees will have to make do with only 60% of a full ration. This year has been particularly hard for refugees as their rations were reduced by 30% in April, which coincided with the COVID-19 lockdown.  And in February 2021 they face a further 10% cut. WFP immediately needs U.S.$95.8 million to provide full rations to refugees in Uganda over the next six months. WFP commends the Government of Uganda for continuing to host refugees and seeking to meet its obligations under the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), opening up access to local services, providing land and allowing greater integration of refugees with local populations. Uganda hosts the largest number of refugees in Africa.

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