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UN : Over 38 Thousand Somali Children in Danger of Starvation

By Tajuddin
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Jan 29th, 2015
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Droughts  and floods are causing an acute humanitarian emergency in Somalia

Droughts and floods are causing an acute humanitarian emergency in Somalia

Nairobi (Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) More than 38 thousand Somali children are in danger of dying from starvation, although there is some recovery in the nutritional situation in this country, UN experts noted here today.

Somalia has been ravaged by over 20 years of war and the subsequent breakdown of safety standards, prominently those related to food, to which a severe drought which occurred three years ago is added.

According to experts at the Unity of Analysis of Food Security and Nutrition and the Network Systems of Early Famine Warning, more than 731 thousand people suffer from an acute food insecurity, 203 thousand of them are severely malnourished children.

The total of people affected fell by 29 percent compared with the last predictions, due to rainfall at the end of last year, which benefited to some extent agricultural crops.

Nevertheless, “many children suffer from acute malnutrition, although the number of those affected decreased slightly in the last six months”, says a joint statement of the aforementioned organizations.

It is estimated that about 202 thousand 600 children under five years of age suffer from acute malnutrition, including 38 thousand 200 who are severely malnourished and face a high risk of mortality”, says the text.

According to the Head of UN Aid to Somalia, Philippe Lazzarini, “the outlook for 2015 is worrying”.

It is estimated that three-quarters of those affected are people displaced by war.

Four years ago, famine caused 250 thousand deaths in Somalia, half of them were children.

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