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Germany donates euro 2 million for refugees in Tanzania, Rwanda

Germany has contributed euro 2 million (about Sh5.2 billion) to World Food Programme (WFP) in order to maintain food assistance for almost half a million refugees and asylum seekers residing in Tanzania and Rwanda.

WFP operations in Tanzania and Rwanda each received euro 1 million from the contribution.

A statement released on Wednesday, November 29, stresses that there is urgent need for international support for refugees in Tanzania and Rwanda.

German ambassador to Tanzania Detlef Wächter said, “Being one of the largest international donors, it is our country’s duty to help and support the effort of host countries and international agencies in this humanitarian crisis. We hope our financial support helps WFP to overcome the current critical funding shortage.”

In Tanzania, the German contribution was used to purchase maize meal, which is included as part of monthly food rations that consist of pulses, salt, vegetable oil and a fortified porridge.

In Rwanda, the contribution was used mainly to purchase maize and beans for monthly food distributions. WFP Rwanda also purchased fortified porridge, sugar and micronutrient powders to support the most vulnerable people who are in need of a particular diet.

In both countries, WFP provides supplementary food for pregnant and nursing women, children under the age of five, hospital in-patients and people receiving treatment for HIV/Aids and tuberculosis.

These targeted feeding programmes provide much needed nutrition through additional foods such as fortified porridge or micronutrient powders.

These food items are important in the fight against stunting and undernutrition in children, and they boost the immune systems of vulnerable people. WFP also provides hot meals to refugees who are in transit and reception centres.

“WFP is grateful to Germany, which over the last five years has been one of our largest donors and has cemented its commitment to humanitarian efforts in Tanzania, the region and around the globe,” said WFP Tanzania Country Representative Michael Dunford. “The continued support from Germany has been crucial in meeting the food needs of men, women and children who have fled their homes.”

Since an upsurge of unrest in Burundi in 2015, over 258,000 refugees have crossed into Tanzania, making it the largest recipient of Burundian refugees in the East African region.

Tanzania currently hosts over 317,000 refugees in three camps, which is an unprecedented five-fold increase compared to the refugee population two years ago. Rwanda currently hosts 172,000 refugees in six camps. Of these, 87,000 are Burundian, with 55,000 residing in Mahama camp, who are wholly dependent on assistance to meet their food needs.

“WFP is now able to continue to provide food to children as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women in refugee camps, thanks to the German contribution,” said Jean-Pierre de Margerie, WFP Rwanda Country Director and Representative.

“As refugees have limited access to income generating activities in Rwanda, food assistance remains critically important.”

The increasing influx of people into both countries has resulted in greater resourcing needs for WFP to meet the basic food needs of refugees. Since February, due to funding shortfalls, WFP in Tanzania has had to reduce food rations to 72 percent of the minimum 2,100 kilocalorie requirement.

To restore full rations and meet the food needs of refugees in both countries, WFP needs an additional $29 million for its operations in Tanzania and $10 million in Rwanda between now and April 2018. If additional funding does not come forward, WFP may be forced to reduce rations further.

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rezen Nov 30, 2017 at 1:29 am

Subject: “Germany donates euro 2 million for refugees in Tanzania, Rwanda” By The Citizen, Nov 29, 2017

Commentary, 29 Nov 2017
QUOTE: “Germany has contributed euro 2 million (about Sh5.2 billion) to World Food Programme (WFP) in order to maintain food assistance for almost half a million refugees and asylum seekers residing in Tanzania and Rwanda. UNQUOTE

We are supposed to believe that the German contribution [ Euro 2 million = $2.3699 million US] will actually go to the wretched, poor, perpetual refugees from the “Dark” Continent of Africa. We know better.
History and daily experience taught us the hard reality of Life for the common African. Each of the 500,000 refugees (mentioned in the Article) will not get more than crumbs of breads thrown at them in crowded camps, not much different from animal barns.

The contribution is also attached to a hidden (sensitive) condition that the permanent refugees stay (confined) at their African stables of Tanzania and Rwanda. If we are permitted to be honest, Europe is terrified that it will be engulfed by visible Black Race. It does not matter that Europeans came to Africa to colonize, control, and extract the wealth Africa to its bones. By the way, it is the same attitude with other so-called light complexion races around the Globe. But the victim is always the same – The Black Race.

Back to the donation: The $2,369,900 US allotted to 500,000 refugees will amount to about $47 US per refugee. How far can that go for the African destitute? It does not matter. The question and assumption itself reflect the idiocy of anyone going into that humane analysis.

The truth and the reality of our world is this: the wretched permanent individual African refugee would be lucky to get 1% [almost half a dollar] of his share of the above-mentioned donation for his daily bread. The rest will vanish into cooked-up stories in our make-believe world. Don’t forget that the mammoth international bureaucracy to ‘serve the poor refugees’ will simply consume about 90% of the accumulated budget. In a practical sense, the monolithic international structure was constructed to create employment to International civil servants (mostly from the advanced countries). Imagine a ‘ridiculous’ situation where there are NO refugees; hence NO need for vast bureaucratic organization i.e. NO jobs for the advanced nationalities!!!


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