300 Somali children left for dead

300 Somali children left for dead

Abdiasis Yusuf, 5, a malnourished child from southern Somalia in Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia.

East Africa’s drought is battering Somali children, hundreds of whom have been left for dead on the long, dry journey to the world’s largest refugee camp.

Unicef called the drought and refugee crisis “the most severe humanitarian emergency in the world” on Thursday.  The international Red Cross signaled “great alarm” this week at the nutritional state of Somali children.

Thousands of Somalis are walking days and sometimes weeks to reach the refugee complex known as Dadaab, in hopes of finding food.

But the journey is claiming untold numbers of children as victims.

Save the Children has provided care to more than 300 unaccompanied children found on roadsides after their parents died or abandoned them on the way to Dadaab.

– AP


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