South Sudan: nutrition crisis ahead

On 25 July 2014, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, together with Executive Director of the World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin, visited South Sudan to draw attention to the looming nutrition crisis in the country, where resurgent conflict has raised pre-existent emergency levels of undernutrition among children to grave heights. Nearly one million children under age 5 in South Sudan will require treatment for acute malnutrition in 2014, and without immediate intervention, it is estimated that 50,000 children could die from malnutrition by the end of the year.

“We all have to do more, and quickly, to keep more children alive,” said Mr. Lake If more is not done, we are in danger of witnessing a repetition of the crises that emerged in Somalia and the Horn of Africa three years ago, when early warnings of extreme hunger and escalating malnutrition went largely unheeded until official famine levels were announced. South Sudan’s children cannot wait for such an announcement.

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