Nov 09: The Australian Government’s Overseas Aid Program (AusAID) has donated AUD$500,000 (US$460,000) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Nepal to feed more than 90,000 Bhutanese refugees.
AusAID’s donation will cover the food needs for the entire refugee population for 20 days.
“Australia is also contributing to a long-term solution by resettling 5,000 Bhutanese refugees over the next five years,” said Australian Ambassador to Nepal, Susan Grace.
“We are very grateful to the Australian Government for their timely contribution and their continued support to the refugees,” said Richard Ragan, WFP Country Representative in Nepal, adding that WFP has been able to resume full ration distributions two weeks after funding shortfalls had forced a 50 percent reduction in rice rations.
At the request of the Government of Nepal, WFP has been providing food assistance to the refugees since 1992, in close coordination with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.