According to the UN children’s agency, nearly 1.4 million children who are suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
462,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia’s aggression resulted in a humanitarian crisis. Saudis have been engaged in a deadly war against Yemen since March 2015 in a bid to bring back the former Yemeni government to power and undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement.
450,000 children are also severely malnourished in northeast Nigeria. Some remote areas of Nigeria’s Borno state have been affected by famine while the disaster is likely to go on as aid agencies are unable to reach those in need.
According to UNICEF, drought in Somalia has left 185,000 children on the brink of famine while it is estimated that the figure will reach 270,000 in the next few months.
More than 270,000 children are malnourished in South Sudan where famine has just been declared in parts of Unity State in the north of the country, while 20,000 children live in the area.
UN Security Council ambassadors are scheduled to travel to northern Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger next month in order to draw international attention to the humanitarian crisis triggered by the conflict with Boko Haram militants.