$6m for starving Chad children

2012-01-11 17:39

Libreville - The United Nations has allocated $6m for urgent food aid to Chad, where 127 000 children are suffering acute malnutrition, its office for humanitarian co-ordination said on Wednesday.

Besides the children, the money would also help some 4.5 million other people in the country of 11 million who do not know where their next meal will come from, in 10 regions of Chad's Sahel region, a statement said.

"In these areas of the Sahel region, the rate of acute malnutrition is above the critical threshold of 15%" after drought and insect plagues yielded poor harvests, it said.

The country had a shortage of 455 000 tons of grain.

The food crisis affecting Chad, which battles chronic malnutrition, is also evident in other countries in the Sahel, the southern rim of the Sahara - particularly Mali and Niger.

Last month, experts warned that between five million and seven million people faced food insecurity and needed immediate assistance in the Sahel.

Read more on:    un  |  chad  |  west africa  |  africa hunger

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