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Alert about critical humanitarian situation in Saharawi camps

Alert about critical humanitarian situation in Saharawi camps

Algiers, Oct 13 (Prensa Latina) The Consortium of NGOs working in the Sahrawi refugee camps today alerted the international community about the critical humanitarian situation faced by this population, due to the alarming reduction of aid.

In a statement issued Thursday, the group, made up of more than a dozen organizations, made an appeal to the world warning about the food crisis in the camps where nearly 180,000 people live.

“The NGOs – with the support of international agencies and other donors – have been supporting the Sahrawi population for more than 40 years, who are completely dependent on foreign aid for their survival. This humanitarian crisis has been facing continuous funding difficulties, having dramatically decreased at present,” the text points out.

According to the document, almost 20 percent of funding decreased in the first six months of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, in addition to the increase in inflation due to the global crisis, which affects the purchasing power of the population and the provision of basic services by humanitarian actors.

This situation has repercussions on the worsening of the food and health crisis, causing aid instability and consequently increasing the fragility of the population.

The Saharawi Red Crescent, in charge of food distribution in the camps, warns that it has only a two-month emergency stock, stressing the urgency of responding to this crisis, which could have an impact on all sectors of humanitarian assistance.


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