N’DJAMENA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$ 1.9 million (1.156 billion CFA) from the Government of Japan to food and nutrition assistance programmes in Chad for more than 110,000 Sudanese refugees.
The Republic of Chad is hosting a total of 388,000 refugees, mainly from Sudan and the Central African Republic – many of whom have been living in Chad for over a decade. With Japan’s support, WFP will be able to continue providing food assistance to more than 110,000 Sudanese refugees. In addition, 22,000 children affected by moderate acute malnutrition among refugee and host communities, will receive specialized nutritional support in health centres.
“Our thanks go to the Government and the people of Japan for their generous support. Sudanese refugees living in camps in Chad are vulnerable and require the support of the international community,” said Mary-Ellen McGroarty, WFP Country Director in Chad.
“This contribution comes at a critical time, as we are faced with serious funding shortages in the coming months for our refugee food and nutrition programmes. Refugees remain dependent on assistance to meet their basic needs. This support is essential while longer-term solutions are put in place to help refugees become self-reliant.”
WFP’s assistance to refugees is provided in close partnership with the Government of Chad and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Chad is one of the pilot countries for the agencies’ joint programme on providing refugees with durable solutions. WFP and UNHCR are combining to provide basic food and nutrition assistance as well as develop livelihood solutions to empower refugees to become self-reliant.
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For more information please contact:
Nathalie Magnien, WFP/Tchad, Mob. +235 66 99 30