The food commodities - maize, sugar, vegetable oil, powdered milk, mineral water and salt - were presented to the U.N. World Food Programme by Zambian High Commissioner to Kenya and Permanent Representative to UNEP and UN Habitat Mary Mildred Zambezi.
“Zambia, although a developing country, found it important to join the global effort in addressing the plight of Somalis by making a contribution towards assisting the Somali refugees in Kenya”, said Ambassador Zambezi, adding that the contribution was part of a South African Development Community’s (SADC) donation to Somalia.
When she thanked the Ambassador, WFP Deputy Country Director Pippa Bradford referred to the devastating impact of the drought that affected the Horn of Africa in 2011 which, coupled with conflict in Somalia, forced more than 120,000 Somalis to flee their country and seek refuge in the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya.
“Thank you for leading the response to SADC’s call and contributing to the international effort to ensure the welfare of over half a million refugees”, said the Deputy Country Director. “It has been a monumental effort and one we must sustain for as long as these refugees need assistance”.
WFP has been providing food assistance to refugees in Kenya since 1991 when the first camp was set up in Kakuma. There are currently some 580,000 refugees in both Kakuma and Dadaab camps and WFP requires about US$ 11 million to provide them with food assistance every month.
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