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Monday, October 25, 2004

Tanzania: WFP forced to cut aid to 400,000 refugees

from Reuters AlertNet:

DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Citing severe funding shortages, the United Nations World Food Programme said on Monday it was forced to reduce food rations for 400,000 refugees living in camps in Tanzania.

Appealing to donors for $14 million to avoid further cuts, the WFP warned the decision could lead to instability in 13 camps in western Tanzania and have "serious implications" on the health of refugees.

The refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi have fled conflict on both sides of the volatile Burundi-Congo border, which is still bubbling with ethnic tensions.

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