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UK warning over Africa hunger

Britain will provide a further £5.4 million of funding to help 200,000 people suffering from the food crisis in West Africa, the Government has announced.

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UNICEF: 'There is still time to avert a catastrophe'

Martin Dawes, Regional Spokesperson UNICEF West and central Africa said: "There is still time to avert a catastrophe amongst children inthe Sahel region of West Africa.

Nineteen-month-old Raya Kabirou, who is severely malnourished, sits in her grandmother’s lap. Credit: UNICEF

"1.1 million children over the course of this year will need life saving intervention because of severe acute malnutrition. This is a crisis with multiple causes where adults will suffer but children will die.

A baby girl is weighed in a sling scale at the Bilmari health centre in the town of Mirriah. Credit: UNICEF

"5,200 nutrition treatment centres have been set up in nine countries but the next two month will be extremely hard for children and their mothers. Most at risk are those who become malnourished and fall prey to conditions such as malaria and diarrhoea."

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