STORY HIGHLIGHTS


770,000 kids suffer from malnutrition in Kasai

CNC
Added On May 13, 2018

UNICEF has warned that 770,000 children are suffering from malnutrition in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
 
In a new report released Friday, UNICEF warned that one in ten children in region was suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the Kasai region. 
 
Of them - around 400,000 children are severely malnourished and at risk of death. 
 
UNICEF said conflict and displacement have been major drivers of the crisis.
 
Food insecurity has also been compounded by a sharp drop in land productivity.
 
More than 200 health centers have been looted, burnt or destroyed during the conflict. While more than 400 schools have been attacked or used for military purposes.
 
Immunization programs have also interrupted by the violence, and now the region is facing outbreaks of cholera and measles.
 
To help, UNICEF has appealed for 88 million U.S. dollars. 
 
UNICEF and its partners have also secured the release of more than 1,700 children from militias so far, providing them with psychosocial support and help to reintegrate in their communities.
 
It has also opened 314 classrooms in the Kasai region to help get children back into education.