East Africa is in a state of crisis. A famine has been declared in areas of Somalia. Over two million children are malnourished and in need of immediate, life-saving help.
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- Famine has been declared in five areas of Southern Somalia. This is a children’s famine. Right now, more than 250 children are dying every day in – one child every 6 minutes. We need to bring this to the world’s attention before it is too late
- Over 2 million children in East Africa are acutely malnourished, with more than half a million children at risk of imminent death without urgent assistance. These children are living on the brink and their situation becomes more critical every day.
- With the right therapeutic feeding, a child can recover in 6 weeks. We can save lives if we act now.
- This is more than a food crisis. It is a crisis for child survival. In addition to lack of food and water, malnourished children are susceptible to killer diseases, such as measles, malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia.
- This crisis is set to deepen over the next 6 months, with the whole of southern Somalia likely to fall into famine unless there is a massive increase in the humanitarian response.
- UNICEF is the largest supplier of life-saving therapeutic food in Somalia. We have been working for children in Somalia for over 30 years.
- UNICEF works with local Somali administrations where they exist, Somali communities, local and international NGOs and other UN agencies to help deliver services to Somali children and women.
- Children in Somalia have suffered a triple shock. The causes of the famine are one of the worst droughts in nearly half a century, continuing armed conflict that has disrupted normal life and commerce, and the doubling of food prices. UNICEF and other UN agencies have been warning about this pending crisis since last year, but the slow onset of this emergency has made it hard to get the attention and response needed.
- UNICEF urgently needs more than £190 million (US$314 million) to expand rapidly our efforts to save children’s lives across East Africa.
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Friday, October 21, 2011
The massive international response to the child survival crisis in the Horn of Africa has already shown some positive results, but much more needs to be done to save hundreds of thousands of children at risk of dying from malnutrition and disease, UNICEF said today according to a progress report three months after famine was declared in parts of Somalia.
Monday, October 17, 2011
An estimated two and a half million people in Somalia, already suffering from drought, famine and conflict, are at risk of contracting malaria with the start of the rainy season.