Children at risk in famine: Why there’s hope

Adapted from an article published in The Christian Science Monitor, February 21, 2017.

Nearly 1.4 million children are at “imminent risk” of death due to famine in four countries, according to the United Nations International Children’s Fund.

According to the charity Save the Children, more than one million children in South Sudan alone are at risk of starving. Around 185,000 children are at severe acute malnutrition in Somalia this year, although that number could rise, while 462,000 are dealing with severe acute malnutrition in Yemen and as many as 450,000 in Nigeria.

But, UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake said, all hope is not lost: “We can still save many lives. The severe malnutrition and looming famine are largely man-made. Our common humanity demands faster action.”

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