HomeWorldChildren dying of malnutrition in Afghanistan: officials

Children dying of malnutrition in Afghanistan: officials

Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
WhatsApp
KABUL: Children are starving in Afghanistan, local and international sources said on Saturday, following warnings that a million young people there could face life-threatening malnutrition by the end of the year.
In Ghor, one of the affected provinces, at least 17 children among those who arrived at the hospital died of malnutrition in the past six months, the province’s director of public health, Mullah Mohammad Ahmadi, told AFP.
Almost 300 have been treated for the effects of hunger.
Hundreds of children are at risk of starvation in central parts of the country, he said.
A spokesman for the United Nations children’s agency in Afghanistan said it could not confirm the number of deaths in Ghor, but feared that “many children are paying the highest price.”
UNICEF’s Salam Al-Janabi said the agency’s monitoring network had been disrupted and was relying on anecdotal reports, but “we are well aware that we are on the brink or in the middle of this.”
Since the Taliban came to power in mid-August, Afghanistan has plunged deeper into an already dire humanitarian crisis.
The effects of the drought, the rise in food prices and the loss of jobs have been compounded by international aid and financing practically paralyzed.
The UN warned that by the end of the year one million children under the age of five in Afghanistan are expected to need treatment for life-threatening “severe acute malnutrition”, while another 3.3 million will suffer from acute malnutrition.
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
WhatsApp
RELATED ARTICLES

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular