Photo of the Week: South Sudan malnutrition crisis

©UNICEF/NYHQ2014-0887/Peru

©UNICEF/NYHQ2014-0887/Peru

In this photo of the week, an older boy tenderly feeds a younger child in a UNICEF-supported civilian protection site in South Sudan, a country where 4 million people are in need of urgent food assistance due to a devastating, and rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis of violence and conflict. These two children are among an estimated 50,000 children under the age of 5 that are likely to die this year from severe acute malnutrition if greater access to humanitarian assistance is not provided. In the world’s newest country, this requires awareness of the extreme vulnerability of children whose basic needs are not being met. As we approach the 25th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, there is much to celebrate but humanitarian crises and emergencies continue to hamper the fulfilment of even the most basic of human rights.

Susan Markisz is a UNICEF Photographer and Assistant Photography Editor

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