One Million African Children in Danger of Starvation

Geneva, Aug 18, Prensa Latina, The intense drought affecting the African Horn, particularly Somalia and Kenya, is endangering the lives of one million malnourished children.

Two million malnourished children live in the region, half of whom are in critical condition and could die, said UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado.

Although Somalia is in the worst situation, conditions were rapidly becoming worse in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Djibouti as well, said spokeswoman Emilia Casella.

Malnutrition among Somali children in some refugee camps is 45 percent, and in camps in Ethiopia, four out of every 10,000 children die daily, Mercado said.

In the hardest hit areas in Kenya, malnutrition was growing alarmingly, made worse by a lack of rainfall in April and June.

The price of corn, the staple food in those countries, has soared by 160 percent this year, and a 90-kg sack now costs up to 44 USD.


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