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TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR CHILDREN UNLESS URGENT ACTION IS TAKEN

“Children can’t wait for yet another famine declaration before we take action…We learned from Somalia in 2011 that by the time famine was announced, untold numbers of children had already died. That can’t happen again.” – Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Director of Emergency Programs

Famine crisis threatening the lives of millions

More than 2.5 million kids face imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition due to looming famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, and alarming levels of food insecurity in nine additional countries across Africa and the Middle East.

This can be prevented – but we need your help. 

UNICEF RESPONSE

Conflict and displacement, exacerbated by drought and water scarcity, are leaving almost 80 million people in need – more than half, or nearly 43 million, are children. To meet the needs of all those threatened by this famine crisis in the 13 affected countries, UNICEF requires $1.27 billion. UNICEF will provide life-saving needs for the children affected, with support going towards nutrition programs to screen children for malnutrition and provide them with therapeutic food; health services such as vaccinations; water, sanitation and hygiene programs to prevent deadly diarrheal diseases; protection for children affected by the conflict and displacement; access to education; and cash assistance to the most vulnerable families.

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