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    UN World Food Programme Needs $13.7Mln Urgently to Feed Refugees in Kenya

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    The UN WFP requires $13.7 million to quickly provide Kenyan refugees with food and cash.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The UN World Food Programme (WFP) requires $13.7 million to quickly provide Kenyan refugees with food and cash, Annalisa Conte, WFP’s Representative and Country Director for Kenya, said Tuesday.

    "WFP immediately requires US$13.7 million to cover the food and cash needs for the refugees between December and April," Conte said, as quoted in the WFP press release.

    According to the statement, 434,000 people are living in Kenya's refugee camps at the moment, with 7,500 of them residing in the recently established Kalobeyei settlement, where the cessation of cash transfers will have a particularly devastating effect as people there receive most of their food assistance in cash.

    Conte mentioned a $22 million shipment of food that would reach the camps in Kenya in May, but stressed the importance of filling the gap in funding until then.

    "Without an urgent response from other donors, we will completely run out of food for more than 400,000 people in Dadaab and Kakuma at the end of February," Conte said.

    Kenya hosts more than 600,000 people at refugee camps in the northern part of the country, which were established in the early 1990s. Most refugees come from Somalia and South Sudan. The Dadaab complex, that includes five camps, hosts about 350,000 people and is the largest refugee facility in the world.

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