Starvation Threatens Lives of 38,000 Somali Children

As Civil War Continues, More Than 731,000 in Conditions of Acute Food Insecurity

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As civil war continues in Somalia, more than 38,000 of the nation’s children are at serious risk of starvation.

According to a joint study, approximately 202,600 Somali children under the age of five are acutely malnourished, Fides reported Saturday.

This study, carried out by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit of the United Nations (FSNAU) and the US-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), revealed that more than 731,000 people in the nation live in conditions of ‘acute food insecurity.’

The document reported that 38,200 who are severely malnourished and face a high risk of morbidity and death.

Due to the consequences of famine in the Horn of Africa, more than a quarter of a million of the population died, report the latest UN figures.

Malnutrition rates remain consistently high, the statistics show, adding 2015’s prospects are not much better.

The report states: «Despite improved food security following the Deyr harvest, improved livestock conditions, and mostly stable staple food prices, a large number of people across Somalia will be acutely food insecure through June 2015.»

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Link to Report: http://reliefweb.int/report/somalia/over-730000-people-across-somalia-face-acute-food-insecurity-despite-improvements

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