Somali refugee children in Ethiopia in poor health

Somali refugee

Somali refugee

Somali children, arriving at refugee camps in Ethiopia, are in increasingly poor health, according to the United Nations refugee agency.

UNHCR says that in one camp, one in five newly arrived children is suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

Adrian Edwards, Spokesman for UNHCR, says the severity of the situation suggests that malnutrition rates will remain high for many weeks to come.

"At the Kobe camp, in the Dollo Ado area, medical screening of new arrivals is recording severe acute malnutrition among 19 per cent of children. At nearby Hilaweyn, the rate is 16 per cent while in Melkadida and Bokolmanyo the rates are 10 and seven per cent respectively. Severe acute malnutrition is a yet more serious level of malnutrition still, and poses a particular risk for children below the age of five. UNHCR considers a rate of over one per cent to be alarming."

As a response, additional food distribution points will be set up in Ethiopian camps, extra nutritional feeding centres will be opened and aid workers will ensure that malnourished refugees receive the supplementary food that they need.

They will also go from tent to tent to find starving children who need to be enrolled in feeding programmes.

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