Amid escalating needs and rising hunger, refugees were caught in the eye of the perfect storm – World

Further cuts to food rations are imminent for refugees as humanitarian needs multiply around the world while funding is difficult to keep up, the UN food aid agency warned on Monday, World Refugee Day.

“As global hunger far outstrips the resources available to feed all the families in dire need, WFPs help, we are forced to make the heartbreaking decision to cut food rations for refugees who depend on us for their survival,” said David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Program (WFP).

Africans on the brink

The bleak warning comes as the WFP has already been forced to significantly reduce rations for refugees during its operations.

Ration cuts of up to 50 percent affect three-quarters of all refugees supported by the WFP in East Africa, with those living in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda most affected.

Impossible Choices

Crippled by funding constraints, WFP prioritize aid to ensure essential food reaches the most vulnerable families first – often leaving refugees without support at a time when food aid is the difference between life and death.

As the WFP has been forced to implement ration cuts to stretch its limited resources, there were an additional six million refugees from Ukraine this year.

In response, WFP has delivered nearly 475,000 hot meals to affected families in 31 different places in Moldova.

According to the latest figures from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), 67 percent of refugees and asylum seekers will come from countries experiencing food crises in 2021.

This, combined with devastating conflicts and climate extremes, is hitting refugees the hardest.

While the immediate needs of refugees remain WFP’s number one concern, there is a need now more than ever for continued investment in programs that promote the self-reliance of refugee populations.

WFP works with partners and governments to build and support livelihood and resilience programs for refugees.

In 2021, the UN agency helped nearly 10 million refugees worldwide.

Numbers tell the story

  • 3 million people, including 27.1 million refugees and 53.2 displaced persons forcibly displaced by the end of 2021.
  • By the end of May 2022, 100 million people had been forcibly displaced.
  • Nearly 10 million refugees were helped by WFP for 2021.
  • In southern Africa, WFP needs nearly $113 million to support refugees over the next six months.
  • In East Africa, WFP needs nearly $411 million to support refugees over the next six months.
  • In West Africa, WFP needs $76.5 million to support refugees over the next six months.

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