In Kenya’s sprawling Dadaab refugee camp, children are going hungry as malnutrition rates soar. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the number of children suffering from acute malnutrition has more than doubled in the last three months, from 10 percent in January to 22 percent in April. The UNHCR also reported that the number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition has risen from 1.8 percent to 4.4 percent during the same period.
The main cause of the rising levels of malnutrition is the limited access to food due to a lack of resources. Many families have been forced to ration their meals and rely on aid for survival. Additionally, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increased difficulty in accessing food, as movement restrictions have limited the availability of food aid and other essential items.
The UNHCR is working to address the issue of hunger in the camp. It has provided food aid to vulnerable families, as well as nutrition support and assistance in accessing health services. The UNHCR is also working with the Kenyan government to ensure that aid is distributed to those in need.
The situation in the camp is dire, and more needs to be done to ensure that children have access to food and nutrition. Without immediate action, the situation is likely to worsen, as the number of people suffering from hunger and malnutrition is likely to continue to rise.