UN: UN official says 700,000 children can die from malnutrition in Sahel

New York, US (PANA) - Malnutrition could kill up to 700,000 children each year in Africa's
Sahel region due to malnutrition, a terrible situation which is compounded by inequitable distribution of wealth, according to UN humanitarian coordinator Toby Lanzer.

A UN statement obtained by PANA in New York on Tuesday, quoted Mr. Lanzer saying
that structural issues such as poor governance coupled with the impact of climate
change were behind what he described as "terrible situation."

The UN relief official who took up his post in July, spent his first 100 days travelling
to nine countries in the Sahel, which covers parts of West and Central Africa.

Mr. Lanzer said the Sahel was experiencing "a remarkable convergence of issues",
including climate change, abject poverty and violence by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Furthermore, he said that food insecurity there is affecting 25 million people.

"It is much more those reasons than a conflict or natural disaster, per se. However,
the issue of climate change is particularly pertinent for the Sahel, and here you
have some of the poorest countries of the world.... we need to be doing much more to help
countries affected by carbon emissions, climate change and the like," he said.

Noting that the Sahel's population would rise by 150 million by 2045, Mr. Lanzer added: "This is reason enough not to let the region become ever poorer, more marginalized and more affected by climate change."
-0-   PANA   AA/AR   17Nov2015

17 november 2015 17:26:57

xhtml CSS