1.4M Children Face Potential Famine In 4 Conflict-Hit Nations, UNICEF Warns

Agence France-Presse: 1.4 million children face famine in four countries: UNICEF
“Almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen, the U.N. children’s agency said Monday…” (2/20).

Deutsche Welle: UNICEF warns that 1.4 million children could die from famine in four countries
“…UNICEF, the United Nations children’s agency, said on Monday that in Yemen 462,000 children were suffering from acute malnutrition. Some 450,000 children were severely malnourished in northeast Nigeria. FEWS NET, the famine early warning system, said some remote areas of Nigeria’s Borno state had been affected by famine since late last year…” (2/21).

Devex: Children face ‘immediate risk of death’ as famine looms in Yemen
“Nearly half a million children in Yemen are dangerously malnourished and at risk of death, the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF reported on Tuesday. The figure marks a 200 percent increase from 2014, before conflict erupted in the country. A host of factors are contributing to the dramatic food insecurity in the country, but aid organizations and analysts tell Devex that the bottom line comes down to logistics…” (Dickinson, 2/21).

The Guardian: Famine threatens lives of nearly half a million Nigerian children, says UNICEF
“…On Friday, a major international conference, hosted by Nigeria, Norway, and Germany, will be held in Oslo aimed at increasing funding for the crisis in north-east Nigeria and the wider Lake Chad region…” (Akinwotu, 2/22).

Reuters: U.N. says 1.4 million children at imminent risk of death in famines
“… ‘Time is running out for more than a million children,’ UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said in statement. ‘We can still save many lives. The severe malnutrition and looming famine are largely man-made. Our common humanity demands faster action. We must not repeat the tragedy of the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa’…” (Miles, 2/21).

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