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Child hunger grows in Djibouti

1st March 2007

A recent survey of children in Djibouti, which neighbours Ethiopia, has shown "an alarming increase" in child malnutrition.

Figures released by the ministry of health showed malnutrition rates of nearly 28% in children under five years of age, a sharp increase since the last survey in 2002.

The survey also found that more than half the country's under-fives were severely or moderately stunted as a result, an indicator of chronic food insecurity.

The survey data were collected during July and August - at the peak of the hunger season during a drought year when household food security was at a critical level, especially in rural areas, the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS) said in a statement.

Similarly in urban areas, the summer months represent a time when household purchasing power is normally low due to limited casual labor and petty trade opportunities, FEWS said.

 

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