600,000 Afghan children at risk of dying from malnutrition as international aid dries up
… from Russia Today, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: This is happening because these are third-world kids, and not white. But there is plenty of blame to go around, starting with the parents. We do not read that any of them are starving.
And how about the Taliban refusing to do a ceasefire while in peace negotiations so aid can be more easily and safely distributed where it is needed?
As for the government in Kabul, the $7 million needed to fund a fix, God only knows how many times over that has been stolen by the gov hoodlums, in a region where such a travesty is played out repeatedly.
These young kids eat almost nothing for their size anyway. The West’s version of mass child killing is alive and well in Yemen. No government official, including Congress, has jumped off a tall building in protest. It’s a non-issue.
Even the drug money can’t be tapped, as most all of that is flowing out of the country as it was intended, with the US taking over. When is the last time anyone heard of a plane load of Afghan dope being caught at an airport somewhere, including military bases?
As Gordon does so love to say, it’s a nasty world. Last time we did a UN humans rights commission talk on Afghan children suffering from terrorism, one of my examples was the Taliban poisoning girls at school to protest their getting an education. Nasty, nasty.
I am not sure that Afghanistan can be saved from itself, and I worry about the US similarly. We will bury our children under a mountain of debt to fund wars where we are hated, and we could spend a tiny fraction on food for kids and be loved… Jim W. Dean ]
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– First published … May 29, 2019 –
Acute malnourishment affects an estimated two million children in Afghanistan. Of those, 600,000 are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition, the UN Children’s Fund has reported.
Doctors working to combat malnutrition in Afghanistan said that poverty, ongoing war, unsafe drinking water and poor education for mothers and families have exacerbated the problem.
“The malnutrition level is spiking day by day in Afghanistan,” Muqeem Shah Miakhil, Head of Malnutrition Department of the Nangarhar Regional Hospital, told Ruptly. More than 15,000 women and children in Nangarhar have sought treatment for severe malnutrition so far this year, but less than half have recovered.
While the crisis isn’t new, malnutrition has become worse in Afghanistan due to a series of devastating droughts, Alison Parker, UNICEF’s Chief of Communication, Advocacy & Civic Engagement in Afghanistan, told RT.
“Nutrition is not just an issue of food,” Parker noted, listing safe water, sanitation and especially poverty as driving factors behind the crisis.
“The government recognizes that it needs a cohesive response,” Parker noted. However, funds to combat the malnutrition epidemic are drying up. UNICEF says that it needs an additional $7 million to provide aid to the growing number of malnourished children.
“Everyone is recognizing that it is a crisis,” Parker said, adding that she was hopeful that donors with big pockets would be able to help bridge the budget shortfall.
Last year, UNICEF provided assistance to nearly half of the country’s most undernourished children. The organization is aiming to reach 60 percent, or 375,000, of those children this year.