UNICEF: 8 Million Children May Die of Hunger

by Olha Povaliaieva
Friday, June 24, 2022
UNICEF: 8 Million Children May Die of Hunger

One of the reasons of the catastrophe is the Russian blockade of grain exports from Ukrainian ports

At a briefing in London on June 24, Catherine Russell, executive director of the United Nations Children's Fund, called the horrific figure: 8 million children in 15 countries face starvation. As a result of the war in Ukraine, countries began to lack food, food prices rose, and the number of children suffering from severe exhaustion increased accordingly: from 7.67 million in January to 7.93 million in June.

All of this leads to "catastrophic levels of malnutrition among children under the age of five," Catherine Russell said.

The 48th G7 summit will take place on June 26-28. A UNICEF executive director called on leaders to allocate $1.2 billion to cover children's food needs. In the worst case, 7.93 million children will die in Burkina Faso, Chad, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Haiti, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen, Madagascar, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

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