Thursday, May 05, 2005

U.N.: Ethiopia Faces 300,000 Malnutrition Deaths

Photo Courtesy: Canadian Press

As many as 300,000 Ethiopian children will die from malnutrition this year if donors do not come forward with food aid and money, a U.N. official said Wednesday.

The U.N. children's agency urgently needs $13 million (€10 million) in the next 60 days to feed about 170,000 children close to starving to death, said Bjorn Ljungqvist, the agency's head in Ethiopia.

He said "300,000 children are dying every year from poor nutrition or nutrition-related" causes in Ethiopia.

"That's one tsunami every year. Ethiopia is being hit by a tsunami disaster every year," Ljungqvist said.


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