At least 17.6 million babies will face hunger this year

At least 17.6 million babies will face hunger this year

Save The Children published its new analysis on World Children’s Day, using the latest country data on the prevalence of malnutrition from the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UN birth rate estimates.

The analysis reported that more than 17.6 million children will be born in hunger this year, which means a 22 percent increase compared to 10 years ago.

In the analysis, it was stated that economic instability, conflicts and repeated climate changes contributed to the devastating hunger crisis affecting everyone in the world, and it was noted that 95 percent of malnourished births in the world this year will take place in Africa and Asia.

On the other hand, it was noted that the data did not include the impact of escalating violence in the occupied Palestinian territories on the hunger or birth rate in the region.


The analysis included a prediction that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where at least 25 percent of its population faces chronic hunger, will be the “country with the highest” number of babies born with malnutrition this year.

In the analysis, which estimated that approximately 1.5 million babies would be born in the KDC, it was predicted that this number would be “the highest number recorded for the country” since 2001, when FAO records began.

It was also pointed out that estimates show that approximately 6.6 million children under the age of 5 will be malnourished in the DRC this year.

In its statement regarding the analysis, Save the Children addressed the world leaders who came together at the Global Food Safety Summit held in England today and asked them to address the root causes of acute food and nutrition insecurity.


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