50 million children need humanitarian aid in 2012

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UNICEF appeal to assist vulnerable children

UNICEF appeal to assist vulnerable children

The United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF is appealing for 1.28 billion US Dollars to assist vulnerable children in more than 25 countries.

UNICEF estimates that over 50 million children worldwide will require some form of humanitarian assistance as a result of conflicts and natural disasters.

Somalia, which faces both drought and civil war, will be UNICEF's largest humanitarian operation in 2012. Almost 290 million dollars will be spent there.

 DR Congo, Sudan, Pakistan, South Sudan and Ethiopia will also receive substantial funds.

Rima Salah is UNICEF's Deputy Executive Director.

"While much of the world's attention focuses on the humanitarian needs in the Horn of Africa we must not forget those in the long standing emergencies around the globe. The silent emergencies including the Sahel. In the Sahel we are facing a nutrition crisis of a larger magnitude than usual with over a million children at risk from severe acute malnutrition. The crisis is affecting communities across Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger and the northern regions of Cameroon Nigeria and Senegal."

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