Many of them come from Eritrea, Somalia and South Sudan, and receive 60% ration assistance due to financial constraints, explains a report signed by the WFP and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
The text outlines the critical circumstances in East Africa, where, it predicts, millions of displaced families will sink into hunger, “despite efforts to stretch resources through prioritization schemes”.
According to the report, the situation will worsen “as food rations dwindle because humanitarian resources are stretched to the limit, while the world grapples with a toxic cocktail of conflict, climate impacts and Covid-19, combined with spiraling food and fuel costs.”
The most vulnerable families are prioritized, he notes, but the sheer number of refugees in need has increased, in addition to the gap between resources and needs.
Over the last decade, he specifies, “the number of refugees in East Africa has nearly tripled, from 1,82 million in 2012 to nearly five million today, including 300,000 new ones from 2021.”