Still in NDJ, but Comfortable and Fed
By Gabriel Stauring
We’re stuck in the capital over the weekend, well beyond the time we wanted to be here. It’s bad, but we’re safe, comfortable, and fed. Breakfast is included in the hotel, so we make the most of it, our only complete meal for the day. The rest of the day, we all snack on granola bars, nuts, and other goodies we brought. Even though I’m eating substantially less than back at home, I’m never hungry.
We are constantly thinking about food, though. We are doing research about why refugees are experiencing such extreme food reductions. Here in Chad, Darfuri refugees’ food rations have been cut by approximately 60%, from 2100 calories per person per day to approximately 800. The most mentioned and simple answer to why this is happening is lack of funding. But there also seems to be a move to make the refugees more self-reliant and to integrate them into the community around them. It does not seem to be working.
We will be talking a lot more about food in the days to come. We have been working for years now on being able to provide meals through our Little Ripples program. Once out in the camps, we will be looking at the specific logistics involved in making this happen. We’ll also be talking with families about their current food situation.
We want to better understand the world humanitarian food crisis and, more specifically, the food insecurity in the camps we visit. We won’t have all the answers, but we hope to count on you in helping us advocate for a population that has gone through so much, feels abandoned, and is now living in daily hunger.