UNICEF scales up support to drought-stricken Namibia

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Children in Namibia are facing worst drought in three decades. [Photo: UNICEF Video]

The UN children's agency (UNICEF) is stepping up its support to Namibia which is facing its worst drought in three decades.

UNICEF says the activities it is scaling up include nutrition education and infant feeding in the Southern African country where close to 780,000 people have been affected.

Local authorities say that all 13 regions in Namibia have been hit by the drought, which has caused major shortages of water for people, animals and crops.

Micaela Marques de Sousa is the representative of UNICEF in Namibia.

“We already know that Namibia is in a vulnerable situation in terms of nutrition. Twenty-nine percent in the country are stunted and stunting is irreversible. It means 29 percent of these children do not do well in schools, it means 29% of these children fall out of the system and even out of the so called potential citizens of the country so children and women are bearing the brunt of the drought.” (

UNICEF says it needs $7.4 million to help an estimated 109,000 children under the age of 5 at risk of malnutrition.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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