Famine endangers the life of 1.4 million children in Africa, warns UNICEF

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1.4 million Children At The Threshold Of Death In Africa, Warns UNICEF
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Four countries of Africa—Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are experiencing grave famine this year, endangering the lives of millions of children, says United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

UNICEF raises the alarm in a press release on Tuesday for humanitarian funds that is desperately needed for the children who suffer from severe acute malnutrition.

According to the reports, Northeast Nigeria has a horrifying figure of 4,50,000 children lying at the verge of death due to a scarcity of food. South Sudan reports a number greater than 270,000 malnourished children. Somalia- 185,000 which might see the number escalating in few months and in Yemen – 462,000 children are hit by famine.

Though the enormous numbers look pessimistic, the UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake is hopeful of some solution as he says it is a man-made disaster.