2 million children in the Horn of Africa with life threatening malnutrition

mother comforts her malnourished child

mother comforts her malnourished child

Over two million children in the Horn of Africa are malnourished and in need of urgent life saving food assistance according to the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF.

Of these, half a million are facing imminent life threatening conditions with long lasting consequences to their physical and mental development.

UNICEF says it was seeking to raise 31.9 million dollars over the next three moths to provide support to children and women affected by the worst drought to hit the horn of Africa in 50 years.

Marixie Mercado from UNICEF says the mortality rate among malnourished children was unacceptably high. 

"The appeal we've launched is to expand the treatment of severely malnourished children across the region. But it is also because children are so vulnerable when they are malnourished it is also to conduct things like emergency immunization campaigns it is also to provide safe water it is also to improve sanitation conditions in these areas that are most affected."

Duration 23"

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