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Around 730 Somali children have died of malnutrition since the start of the year

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Malnutrition has reached an unprecedented levelthe representative of theUNICEF in Somalia, Wafaa Saeed, during an online press briefing from Mogadishu.

children died in nutrition centers across the country”,”text”:”About 730children died in nutrition centers across the country”}}”>Around 730 children have died in nutrition centers across the country between January and July, she said.

This is less than 1% of children admitted to these centers, but theUNICEF believes the true figure to be higher, as many deaths go unreported.

Historic drought

Some 1.5 million children, or nearly half of children under five, are at risk of acute malnutrition.000 will need treatment for severe acute malnutrition”,”text”:”And of these, 385,000 will need treatment for severe acute malnutrition”}}”>And of these, 385,000 will need treatment for severe acute malnutritionMs. Saeed explained.

Somalia is on the brink of famine, the head of the humanitarian agency warned on Monday.UNin a final warning to avert disaster in this Horn of Africa country plagued by a historic drought.

Two Somali mothers hold their malnourished children in their arms

Mothers at a UNICEF center in Garbaharey, Somalia

Photo: UNICEF/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin

millions of people in need of emergency water supplies”,”text”:”Drought has dried up many water sources. Many of them have also dried up due to overuse, and we have around 4.5million people who need emergency water supplies”}}”>Due to the drought, many water sources have dried up. Many of them have also dried up due to overuse, and we have around 4.5 million people who need an emergency water supply.said the representative of theUNICEF in Somalia.

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This figure is expected to increase as the drought worsens, while, according to the organization, the price of water has increased by 55 to 85% since January.

No matter how much food a malnourished child eats, he will not recover if the water he drinks is not healthyassured Ms. Saeed.

A population in great danger

L’UNICEF is particularly concerned, as history shows that when levels of severe acute malnutrition in children are associated with deadly disease outbreaks, child mortality rises dramatically.

cases this year and about 13000measles case. This year alone, the number of measles cases is higher than the combined toll of 2020 and 2021″,”text”:”We are really very concerned about this, as we are seeing an increase in acute watery diarrhea outbreaks. There have been over 8,400 cases this year and about 13,000 cases of measles. This year alone, the number of measles cases is higher than the combined toll of 2020 and 2021″}}”>We are really very concerned about this, as we are seeing an increase in outbreaks of acute watery diarrhea. There have been over 8,400 cases this year and about 13,000 cases of measles. This year alone, the number of measles cases is higher than the combined toll of 2020 and 2021added Ms. Saeed.

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Across the country, a total of 7.8 million people, nearly half of the population, are affected by a historic drought, with 213,000 of them at high risk of starvation, according to theUN.

Somalia was hit in 2011-2012 by a famine that claimed an estimated 260,000 lives, half of whom were children under the age of five.

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