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At least one million Afghan children could die of malnutrition

At least one million Afghan children could die of malnutrition

United Nations, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) At least one million children in Afghanistan are currently at risk of dying from malnutrition if they continue without immediate assistance and treatment, a report by UNICEF and the World Food Program warned.
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According to the joint report, an estimated 3.2 million children under the age of five in that Central Asian country could suffer from acute malnutrition by the end of the year.

At present, the report notes, 95 percent of households in Afghanistan are not consuming enough food, and adults are eating less and skipping meals so their children can eat more.

Many breastfeeding women are so undernourished that they cannot breastfeed their babies, warns the report, which also provides details on UN actions aimed at improving the health and nutrition of the Afghans.

The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund has already allocated 20 million dollars to support humanitarian aids in Afghanistan, but Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the multilateral body, warned of UN’s shortage of resources on the ground.

The humanitarian crisis in that territory worsened after the Taliban movement returned to power in August. As a result of this, millions of people are internally displaced and million others sought refuge abroad.

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