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More than half a million young children in Somalia facing malnutrition

/ 05:36 PM September 13, 2022
In Somalia, more than half a million young children are facing malnutrition

FILE PHOTO: Civilians gather outside their makeshift shelters at the Kaxareey camp for the internally displaced people in Dollow, Gedo region in Somalia May 24, 2022. REUTERS/Feisal Omar/File Photo

GENEVA — The number of young children in Somalia facing severe acute malnutrition has increased to over half a million – a level which is higher than a 2011 famine when tens of thousands of children died, U.N. agencies said Tuesday.

“We’ve got more than half a million children facing preventable death. It’s a pending nightmare,” James Elder, spokesperson for the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said at a Geneva press briefing, saying this level had not been seen in any country yet this century.

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The U.N. has warned that parts of the country will be hit by famine in the coming months as the Horn of Africa region faces a fifth consecutive failed rainy season. Somalia’s 2011 famine claimed more than a quarter of a million lives, around half of whom were children.

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