Sunday 26 January 2020

Somalia famine killed 133,000 children in 2011

A decision by extremist Islamist militants to ban food aid made south-central Somalia the most dangerous place in the world to be a child in 2011.

The first in-depth study of famine deaths in Somalia in 2011 estimates 133,000 children under the age of five died, with child death rates approaching 20pc in some communities.

That is 133,000 under-five deaths out of an estimated 9.3 million people, according to Chris Hillbruner, a senior food security adviser at FEWS NET, a famine warning agency. That compares to 65,000 under-five deaths in all other industrial countries in the world.

Irish Independent

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