Malnutrition: 1 Million Children May Die In Nigeria, Somalia, Others – UN

Malnutrition: 1 Million Children May Die In Nigeria, Somalia, Others – UN

by | 22nd February 2017
Mother with malnourished child.

The United Nations says over one million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

 

In Yemen, where war has been raging for nearly two years, over 400, 000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition.

 

The report says over 450, 000 children are severely malnourished in Northeast Nigeria.

 

Meanwhile about 171 voluntary returnees have arrived Nigeria from Libya.

 

The Senior Special Assistant to the president on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Abike Dabiri who received them said the situation in the country have increased the search for greener pastures by many youths.

 

She called for the strengthening of the National Agency for the prohibition of trafficking in persons (NAPTIP) laws and rehabilitation of the victims by various states’ government.

 

Also the bodies of 87 African migrants have washed ashore in the Libyan city of Zawiya, in the latest drowning tragedy to hit the region.

 

It is believed they were trying to cross the Mediterranean to Italy.

 

Migrant deaths have risen to record levels along this smuggling route in recent months.

 

A torn rubber boat was found nearby, and it is feared more bodies may surface as such vessels usually carry up to 120 people.

 

Some of those who died are believed to be children.

 

A Spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent – the country’s Red Cross – said the bodies were retrieved by its workers.

 

 

 

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