Kakuma camp, along the border with South Sudan, hosts 180 000 refugees. In Kenya’s arid north, possibilities to earn a living or obtain food are limited for the refugees who rely on assistance to meet their daily food needs. In this tough environment, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) is eagerly supporting the UN World Food Programme’s new cash transfer initiative. The cash, which is sent through a mobile phone to replace part of the refugees’ food rations can only be redeemed for food. This gives refugees more freedom to decide what they will eat and is also good for the local economy.
Photos and Text: © WFP/Martin Karimi