Children in Burkina Faso Face 'Unprecedented' Nutrition Crisis

According to new data from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), more than 535,500 children under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition. Of them, some 156,500 children are "severely" malnourished, leaving them nine times more likely to die than well-nourished children. "The novel coronavirus pandemic has had a brutal impact on households and their ability to provide for the basic needs of their children. Children are paying the highest price, facing a triple crisis: security, health and food,"  said James Mugaju, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Burkina Faso.


Members of a family who fled conflict at their shelter in the Pissila camp for internally displaced persons in Burkina Faso.

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