Chadian children threatened by malnutrition

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A refugee from Darfur with her baby at a therapeutic feeding center that is supported by UNICEF in Goz Baeda, Eastern Chad

Thousands of children in Chad will die of malnutrition if assistance is not provided on time, warns the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Chad is one of the countries in the Sahel region which is facing a serious food crisis as a result of chronic drought, poor harvests and rising food prices.

UNICEF says the severe food and nutrition crisis in Chad is expected to continue at least until the end of the hunger season in October this year.

UNICEF in Chad recently received  $2.2 million from the  UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help feed 45,000 children.

To find out more about this food crisis, Derrick Mbatha spoke with UNICEF Representative in Chad Bruno Maes.

Duration: 4'29"

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