UNICEF warns of looming children's crisis in the Sahel

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School children in Kaona, Burkina Faso

Over a million children in the Sahel region of Africa face life threatening malnutrition during the coming year warned UN children's agency (UNICEF) in Geneva.

UNICEF says 65,700,000 dollars is needed for nutrition and health supplies, but this amount is likely to increase to ensure sustainable aid for the coming year.

The agency's West and Central Africa office says the worst hit country is Niger, where over 330,600 children under five are at risk of severe and acute malnutrition.

Other countries where children are expected to require specialist treatment in clinics included parts of Chad, Nigeria and Cameroon.

Marixie Mercado, spokesperson for UNICEF Geneva warns that this is a chronic crisis of which children will bare the brunt:

"What we are warning of is a serious nutritional crisis in the Sahel that is affecting more countries and more people. It is a chronic crisis that has just gotten worse. And we know for a fact that 1,025,000 children, that is our estimate, will require life saving treatment next year."

Duration: 18''

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