Billions required to save children from conflicts

minors trapped in conflictMARIA MACHARIA 
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) is appealing for US$3,3 billion (R44,7 billion) to assist 48 million children living through some of the world’s worst conflicts and other humanitarian crises.
The children are trapped in crisis mainly in Nigeria, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
They are under direct attack, their homes, schools and communities in ruins, their hopes and futures hanging in the balance.
In total, almost one in four of the world’s children live in a country affected by conflict or disaster, according to Unicef at the launch of the appeal yesterday (Tuesday).
“In country after country, war, natural disaster and climate change are driving ever more children from their homes, exposing them to violence, disease and exploitation,” said Unicef director of emergency programmes, Manuel Fontaine.
An estimated 7,5 million children will face severe acute malnutrition across the majority of appeal countries, including almost half a million each in northeast Nigeria and Yemen.
In 2016, 2,2 million children were treated for severe acute malnutrition.
“Malnutrition is a silent threat to millions of children,” said Fontaine.

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