Thousands of Somali children still at risk of death

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More than 325,000 Somali children may die in the coming months if funds are not raised to provide them with life saving nutrition, according to the UN Children's fund UNICEF.

UNICEF says its 2012 Somalia appeal is $289 million, but it  has only managed to raise about $30 million.

The agency warns that severely malnourished children remain the most vulnerable despite the end of the famine which devastated much of south and central Somalia last year.

UNICEF’s Marixie Mercado says without additional funding the organization may be forced to cut critical programmes aimed at saving lives in Somalia.

"Somalia's famine last year was not a one season crisis and right now funding shortfalls constitutes perhaps the most significant challenge to sustaining life saving operations. If the money is not found urgently, programmes in sectors such as water, health, nutrition, education and protection will have to be cut. The recovery from last years drought and famine remains extremely fragile and additional shocks,  poor rains,  less access,  more displacement,  disease outbreaks could easily tip communities back into disaster. Working in Somalia and reaching children remains challenging. The ban on most humanitarian actors is in place and much of south and central Somalia is insecure."

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