In a statement, United Nations High Commission for Refugees(UNHCR) has cleared out humanitarian operations in Rwanda remain severely underfunded, forcing the WFP to cut food rations by 10 per cent in November 2017, and by 25 per cent in January this year.
The East African broke the story the UN agency said that refugees had indicated their desire to return to their country out of desperation, but the fluid situation in Eastern DRC made the option difficult.
UNHCR’s 2018 appeal for $98.8 million to support refugees in Rwanda is only is two per cent funded the
“WFP had warned of potentially larger ration cuts will come into force if monthly requirements of $2.5 million are not met “said the agency
In January, Jean-Pierre de Margerie, the WFP Rwanda country director, said the agency needed at least $11 million to sustain refugees in Rwanda up to June.
As a result, at least five refugees from Kiziba Camp were dead while 20 were injured during protest for food ratio cuts on Thursday in Karongi district, Western Rwanda.
Rwanda hosts at least 173,000 refugees in six camps, including Kiziba where more than 17,000 refugees from DR Cong live — 77 per cent of them are women and children.
The UN agency is now appealing to donors to support humanitarian efforts in the country.
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