UNICEF: One million Afghan children are at risk of malnutrition

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News ID: 54252
Publish Date: 15:43 - 30 October 2021
Saturday, 30 October 2021 (YJC)_ One million Afghan children are at risk of death in the wake of recent events and economic shocks in Afghanistan, a UN agency has warned.

UNICEF: One million Afghan children are at risk of malnutritionThe United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says Afghanistan is facing the worst humanitarian crisis and its health system is collapsing.

"Afghanistan is facing the most severe crises in the world and the needs of this country are increasing day by day," said Salam al-Janbi, UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan.

He added:
With the crisis of malnutrition and food insecurity, the country's healthcare system is on the verge of collapse.

He reminded:
Afghanistan also experienced one of the worst humanitarian crises earlier this year, with more than half of the country's population, including 10 million children, in need of humanitarian assistance.

UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan said:
Given the recent events and the economic shocks that the country has experienced, more families are on the brink of extinction and it is predicted that more than half of Afghanistan's population will face severe hunger.

He emphasized:
As food insecurity increases in Afghanistan, severe malnutrition is on the rise among children under the age of five.

Al-Janbi warned that 1 million are at risk of death due to severe malnutrition.

The UNICEF representative concluded:
With the onset of winter and drought, as well as the spread of diseases such as diarrhea and measles, more children are threatened and it is predicted that more women and children will need humanitarian assistance in the coming months due to worsening drought, water shortages and continued displacement and exacerbation of coronavirus.

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