UNICEF and other aid agencies have warned that a combination of crises in the Greater Horn of Africa“including drought, conflict, disease and rising food and energy prices”is imperiling the lives of children and their families.
A broad array of news organizations has covered the potentially calamitous situations in Ethiopia, Somalia and other countries in the region, focusing particular attention on the threat of malnutrition. Read these reports from IRIN, AllAfrica.com and Bloomberg News.
Here’s also a recent UNICEF Television report on malnutrition in Ethiopia:
In Somalia”which has been pummeled by conflict, droughts and flooding”malnutrition rates have climbed beyond 20 percent. In Ethiopia, though millions face food insecurity because of conflict and drought, many are often cut off from aid.
Malnutrition is a major menace to child survival, contributing to half of all child deaths worldwide. UNICEF has urged the international community and donors to support efforts to respond to this and other grave threats in the Horn of Africa.
BACKGROUND NOTE: Drought and famine have long plagued the Horn of Africa. Two years ago, UNICEF released a multimedia report, Child Alert: Crisis in the Horn of Africa, highlighting the lethal consequences of drought and appealing for funds.
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