On Sunday at church I asked Benjamin how his trip to the refugee camp was during the week.
It was good but did I hear the latest?
No... what was it?
Food rations will be cut up to 40% starting with May.
Now each refugee person receives the following per month.
12.3 kg maize (kernels / not ground)
3.6 kg dry beans
0.9 L cooking oil
600 g soap
150 g salt
Now this will be cut by 40%.
There are three refugee camps in Rwanda which receive money each month instead of food... 6200 rwf ($7.43 USD) per person.
They will now receive 2800 rwf ($3.35 USD) per person.
3kg of sugar OR
9 kg of potatoes OR
5kg of dried beans OR
5.5 kg of carrots OR
2 kg of flour
for the ENTIRE month!
When I went online to see what I could find....
I found the following joint press release by the UN (United Nations) and the WFP (World Food Program) from February 20, 2017...
I can't imagine a person surviving on less than they already are.
My mind whirls at the repercussions of that - more malnutrition, crime, prostitution, etc.
Then I think of the refugee students who ITRwanda has sponsored - who have completed high school or are about to... and the few have complete university and have a job.
They have broken the cycle and are able to support their families through these increasingly desperate times.
I can't even imagine what the situations will be in camps dealing with Syrian and South Sudanese Refugees ...