Nearly one and a half million children are at imminent risk of death from acute malnutrition, according to UNICEF figures.
The Unicef agency demanded a budget of $ 255 million from the United Nations (UN), which it will distribute in various recovery and childcare plans.
The UNICEF agency demanded a budget of $ 255 million from the United Nations (UN), which it will distribute in various recovery and childcare plans.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday warned that 22 million children are at risk from hunger, drought and war in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
Meanwhile , about 1.4 million infants are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition by 2017.
UNICEF’s director of emergency programs, Manuel Manuel Fontaine, said that “children can not expect another declaration of hunger for us to take action.”
“We learned from Somalia in 2011 that when the famine was declared, an untold number of children were already dead. That can not happen again , ” Manuel Fontaine said.
That is why the agency requested “urgently” to the international community the amount of 255 million dollars , in order to meet the immediate basic needs of children. Most of the funds (about $ 81 million) will go to nutrition programs. 53 million will go to health services and 47 million will go to water, sanitation, and hygiene programs.
The rest of the funds will be used to protect children affected by conflict and displacement, as well as providing educational services.
The most extreme case is that of Yemen, which is the world’s largest food emergency , with some 7.3 million people in need of immediate help, according to the United Nations. And, in statements offered by UNICEF, the armed conflict represents the main cause that drives the crisis in the country.
In addition to the crisis of these four nations, the problem includes the displaced neighboring countries. The organization noted that “as violence, hunger and thirst forced people to move in and out of borders, malnutrition rates continue to rise not only in these four countries, but also in the Lake Chad And the Horn of Africa. ”
“If humanitarian agencies do not get access and the resources they need to reach the most vulnerable, lives will be lost , ” UNICEF said.
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