Up to 200,000 kids may die in Somalia as aid runs dry, UNICEF claims

May 27, 2014 | By | Reply More

May 27, – The United Nation’s children’s agency said Tuesday that 200,000 children may die of starvation this year in war-ravaged Somalia if it does not raise enough funds to provide vital aid.

hromedia Up to 200,000 kids may die in Somalia as aid runs dry, UNICEF claims intl. news2“If funding is not received immediately, UNICEF will have to suspend essential life-saving health services within one month,” spokesman Christophe Boulierac said.

Up to 200,000 children under the age of five suffer severe malnutrition in Somalia, children can be saved if the United Nations receives emergency funds to stave off mass hunger,

Only $15 million has been received in the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) $150 million appeal to donor states to provide vital health services to more than 3 million women and children in the Horn of Africa nation this year, the agency said.

“If funding is not received immediately, UNICEF will have to suspend essential life-saving health services within one month,” said spokesman Christophe Boulierac.

“Somalia has 200,000 children under the age of five at risk of death (by) the end of the year 2014 from severe malnutrition if they do not receive life saving therapeutic assistance,” he told a news briefing in Geneva.

Some 50,000 Somali children under five currently suffer from acute severe malnutrition, according to UNICEF.

Somalia’s government is struggling to impose any sense of order, more than two decades after the fall of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre tipped the country into chaos.

UNICEF has been providing 70 percent of health services including medicines, vaccinations, staff salaries and fuel to run hospital generators, especially in central and southern Somalia, Boulierac said.

Western nations fear the country could sink back into chaos and provide a launch pad for Islamist militancy.

The capital Mogadishu has been hit by a series of suicide bomb attacks in the past few months, claimed by al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants, who have waged a sustained guerrilla campaign even after being pushed out of the city in mid-2011.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo contributed to this report.

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