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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Horn of Africa famine position, still worrisome - UNICEF


A recent report by the United Nations International children Education Fund (UNICEF) made known that the outlook of the drought is still a threat as more than 8 million people are in need of emergency assistance.
NaijaAgroNet recalls that various international institutions, UNICEF included, lend helping hands towards the revival of the Horn of Africa, saving tens of thousands of children's live in 2011 when the region witnesses drought and famine, the worst in decades.
According to the UNICEF report, the outlook of the famine is threatening the tentative gains, the humanitarian support gotten so far, as it is really worrisome.
This was revealed to NaijaAgroNet in a press statement made available by UNICEF, despite supports received since 2011 the prospects for a sustained recovery are increasingly precarious.
UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Elhadj As Sy said the child survival crisis in the region is far from over, "Millions of children require sustained assistance in the critical months ahead. Otherwise we can easily see a reversal of the hard-won achievements."
Elhadj As Sy, who is also the UNICEF Global Emergency Coordinator for Crisis in the region said the most recent weather outlook in combination with prevailing insecurity and violence in many areas can lead to new shocks and disruptions, "A development which again puts the lives of hundreds of thousands of children at risk," he said.
NaijaAgroNet further gathered that almost one-third of Somali, about 2.51million are still in acute humanitarian crisis with over 323, 000 acutely malnourished children. 
Others include 463,000 Somali refugees in the Dadaab camps in north eastern Kenya, 142,000 people in the Dollo Ado camps in Ethiopia as well as 22,000 people in the Ali Addeh camp in Djibouti as well as 1.35 million Somalis displaced within their own country, totally over 8million.
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