Somali malnutrition rates 'the highest'

2011-07-13 14:08

Geneva - Malnutrition rates for children under 5 in Somalia now stand as the world's highest as the country struggles with persistent violence and an unprecedented drought, the international Red Cross said on Wednesday.

"The nutritional state of children under five years of age in central and southern Somalia is a cause for great alarm," said the International Committee of the Red Cross in a statement.

"Levels of malnutrition have reached a new peak and are currently the highest in the world," it added.

Data from 39 clinics and 18 therapeutic feeding centres show that in some parts of Somalia, the number of children with severe acute malnutrition has almost doubled since March.

Even in the Bay and Lower Shabelle regions, which are the country's breadbaskets, about 11% of children under 5 are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

"These deeply disturbing findings show that the population is no longer able to cope with harsh climate conditions, such as the current drought, while at the same time struggling to survive armed conflict and other violence," said Andrea Heath, the ICRC's economic security co-ordinator for Somalia.

Thousands of Somalis have fled their country in recent months to neighbouring Ethiopia and Kenya in search of food and water and many have died along the way as the region suffers its worst drought in 60 years.

  • Sledgedarkwatch - 2011-07-13 14:58

    A pity the children has to suffer - but the adults that have NO brains between the lot of them are to blame, yes i know there is a drought but for F&ck sakes a country run by African's is a country down the slippery slope of DEATH.

      lollie sue - 2011-07-13 16:03

      you're sick

  • Hugh - 2011-07-13 15:27

    seriously if someone says the horn of Africa zone, Sudan or any of the area needs food I will quite happily slit their throats. As Long as I could read there has been a problem and their sad situation. In the good times did they never get around to family planning. Always see dozens of effing kids. About time they tilled the land in good times instead of effing themselves to death then using the kids to get food.

      Gandalf - 2011-07-13 15:49

      Lol, a bit rough, Hugh! But as awful as it is to see the children, especially, suffering, this is nothing new and has been going on for decades. That area has always been drought prone (not to mention civil wars), so you'd have thought that after all this time the locals would have realised the madness of endless breeding. It's an endless cycle of suffering.

      lollie sue - 2011-07-13 16:05

      u brainless

      Anton - 2011-07-14 06:20

      It is sad to see the ignorance of some. No, this has nothing to do with them ,,effing themselves to death,, It is a mixture of political issues,and civil wars, which they have no influence over whatsoever. Further it is a question of the European Agricultural policies. And than it is a natural disaster, not the same as last year, but the worst in decades. Not even the most sophisticted weather satalites saw this coming. But none of the above has anything to do with your comment. You are crude and insensitive. What would you say if there would be floods in SA and people would be drowning........???????? ,, well, if they can't ,effing,, swim, than they should ,,effing,, drown, better still ,, they should never have been ,,effing,, born !!!!!!!!!!

      daaivark - 2011-07-14 07:13

      I agree Anton. Anonymity (or the misguided belief that it exists) let's out the real person under the smarmy grins with which people face the real world. But those vapid smiles hide some truly disgusting people. Many of whom have the gall to claim some sort of religious superiority. I am no longer surprised. Just immensely saddened by our compatriots.

  • Alec - 2011-07-13 15:47

    Have we made no progress in the last 16/17 years? guys I find your comments really sad and disappointing. here i am scouring the internet, searching for a way to donate or help these poor people in some way - have you not seen the pics of the children? Do either of you have children? NO human being should ever be in such a state.

      Anton - 2011-07-13 16:28

      Alec, You are quite right, many of these comments are sickening. Possibly your best bet is, the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders NOT ONE HUNGRY PERSON IN THIS WORLD, DID ASK TO BE PUT ON THIS PLANET !!!!

      Creeky - 2011-07-13 19:10

      Maybe these PARENTS should STOP BREEDING like FRIGGIN RABBITS!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you have been living in ABJECT POVERTY for the past 40 years.... would you SERIOUSLY consider having children?????????????????? Doubt it! Blame the AFRICAN MENTALITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Leave the FOOD AID...and EDUCATE THE FUGGERS!!!!!

  • Bruna - 2011-07-13 16:42

    when I was a teanager I remember being horrified by pictures of children in ethiopia starving, Im now 48 and seeing the same problem, same country!!the parenst should be shot, they have the energy to f**k and bring a poor inocent child into the world and then have the audacity to beg for food!!!

      Anton - 2011-07-13 17:48

      Bruna, But where do you draw the line ?? Do we just care for our family members ? or also for people who live in our street ? or people who live in our same town ? or in the same province ? or the same country ? or on the same continent ? Or should we just be totally selfish, and only think about ourselves ? With this frame of mind, Why than worry about the millions of Aids sufferers, or the millions who die through Malaria Why should the SA government try to grow our economy, so to create more employment ?? Why than don't we just say to the unemployed, ,, tough luck, you should never have been born,, ?? It is your right, not to care, but I dont think it is your right to convince others to do same.

      Anton - 2011-07-13 21:19

      Creeky, That's so sad, that you live in Africa, and have no respect for Africans. And the point that I am trying to make is, Say, I walk past your house, and Godforbid, your house is on fire, and I know you are inside with your wife and kids....... Should I just say, ahh that stupid idiot, probably knocked his heater over, and continue walking, without helping you ??????? If you reckon I should help you, than you must explain to me , WHY I should help you and not the kid starving in Northern Kenya!!!!!!!!!!

      daaivark - 2011-07-14 07:15

      Creeky hasn't considered anyone other then Creeky for a long long time, Anton. And even then the opinions are skewed.

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