The United Nations is facing the dilemma of deciding which refugees will not get food. Despite the program's budget being at a record high, the large numbers of refugees in crisis and in need of emergency food aid is still surpassing it. The UN's World Food Program (WFP) faced a multibillion-dollar budget shortfall last year due to continued conflict in countries like Syria and Yemen. Despite the fact that its budget is at a record high, with total donations of $6.8 billion last year, the WFP would have needed $9.1 billion to adequately fund its food aid programs.
The WFP has already made major cutbacks to countries in need such as Somalia, Ukraine, and Syria, with food aid being suspended for thousands of people, and some refugee camps getting calorie count reductions to their rations. With WFP being the last resort for most countries, it is unlikely that other agencies will be able to fill this gap.
A WFP spokeswoman claims they are trying to stay positive in hopes that the cuts are temporary, despite the increased risks of sickness and even death that threaten the refugees who can't get enough to eat.