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WFP Cuts Food Rations For Millions Of Refugees In East Africa

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WFP Cuts Food Rations For 2.7 Million Refugees In East Africa

The United Nations body, the World Food Programme predicts serious hunger and malnutrition for millions of refugees across eastern Africa who depend on assistance from the food agency to survive.

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WFP says the socio-economic impact of the covid-19 pandemic has reduced vital funding from its donors.

The WFP eastern Africa regional director Michael Dunford says, “refugees are especially vulnerable to the spread of covid-19 because they are crowded together in camps with weak or inadequate shelter, health services and access to clean water and sanitation.”

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The body says it has already reduced by one third food or cash transfers for nearly three million refugees in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, and Djibouti.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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