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World Bank gives counties hosting refugees Sh10 billion

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Counties hosting refugees will receive Sh10 billion from the World Bank.

“We have received Sh10 billion from the World Bank to help counties hosting refugees at the borders, especially Kakuma and Dadaab camps,” Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa said.

He spoke on Tuesday when he launched the Kenya Development Response to Displacement Impact Project in Lodwar, Turkana county.

“I know the host community has been experiencing a lot difficulties hosting thousands of refugees from the neighbouring countries such as South Sudan, Ethiopia, Congo and Somalia,” he said.

The cash will be used to improve health care, food security and access to water for both refugees and the host communities.

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Eugene said Turkana, which hosts Kakuma camp, will receive Sh3.2 billion to curb challenges affecting them.

“I’m shocked to learn that the refugees at Kakuma Camp have access to clean water for domestic use, but the host community cannot access  water. The project will ensure the host community is prioritised in access of water, health and food security through irrigation schemes,” he said.

Turkana West MP Daniel Nanok said, “The host community has faced a lot challenges and hopes the Sh3.2 billion allocated for Kakuma Refugee Camp will help the entire Turkana West.”

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