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South Sudan On the Brink of Famine as It Braces for Worst Floods in 60 Years

Families in the areas expected to be worst impacted have already been battling years of conflict, hunger, rising food prices, previous floods

South Sudan is on alert for a looming human and climate disaster in coming months with the world’s youngest country expected to suffer its worst floods in 60 years that will drive parts of the country to the brink of famine, said Save the Children. The child rights agency is warning of…

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Somalia: Olympian Sir Mo Farah ‘Heartbroken’ To See Escalating Impact of Climate Change on Children in His Homeland

Five consecutive failed rainy seasons have left four million people in Somalia facing acute food insecurity and almost two million children at risk of acute malnutrition

‘Will my child eat today? Will they even have any water?’ A mother’s plea to Farah; Olympic champion’s ‘awe’ at battles for survival after 43,000 deaths; Multimedia content can be downloaded here. On a journey back to his birthplace, Save the Children ambassador Sir Mo Farah said it was heartbreaking to witness the devastating…

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Child hunger in Sudan almost doubles in six months with three in every four children affected

Lack of adequate food can lead to malnutrition which, without treatment, can have long term implications on children’s health and development, and even kill, Save the Children said

The number of children in Sudan facing severe food shortages has almost doubled in six months with about 75% of children now going hungry daily as conflict drives hunger levels to record levels, raising fears of rising child malnutrition, Save the Children said. Based on drastic new figures from the Integrated Food…

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Sudan: Over 1,500 Children Subjected to Extreme Violence as Conflict Breaks Records for Crimes Against Children

The cases documented in the UN’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict included over 480 children killed, 764 maimed, and over 200 recruited into the conflict

The number of children killed, injured or facing other grave violations in Sudan soared six-fold in 2023 to a record high as a devastating conflict paralysed the country, highlighting the need for urgent global action to address this escalating crisis, Save the Children said.   New UN data shows at least…

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Deliveries by drone: The technology making childbirth safer for refugees in Rwanda

This life-saving initiative came after Save the Children renovated the medical centre at Mahama Refugee Camp in eastern Rwanda near the Tanzania border

Drones delivering blood have revolutionised medical care for women giving birth at Rwanda’s largest refugee camp who no longer need to travel for hours to receive specialist care, Save the Children said. This life-saving initiative came after Save the Children renovated the medical centre at Mahama Refugee Camp in eastern Rwanda…

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Number of Children Lacking Routine Immunisations Three Times Higher in Conflict Zones than the Rest of the World

The number of “zero-dose” children in African countries is twice as high as the rest of the world (18.7% compared to 6.9%)

The number of children who have never had a routine vaccination – often referred to as “zero-dose” children – is three times higher in conflict zones (22.7%) than in the rest of the world (7.1%), Save the Children said today.   The child rights organisation also said that the number…

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Horn of Africa: 600k Children Affected by Devastating Floods as Torrential Rains Threaten further Havoc

The rains are the latest in a series of extreme weather events to hit East Africa

Devastating floods and landslides have affected about 600,000 children across Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia [1] so far this year, with the number potentially climbing to as high as 1.5 million by the end of the rains, according to Save the Children analysis.[2] The torrential rains, which come after years of…

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Egypt: Palestinian Children Who Fled Gaza’s War Haunted by Nightmares and Anxiety

In the past three months, Save the Children has received more than 500 requests from Palestinians in Egypt for mental health and psychosocial support

Palestinian children who fled to Egypt from the war in Gaza are haunted by the horrors they experienced and are struggling with nightmares, anger, bedwetting and anxiety, with Save the Children calling for an urgent increase in mental health and psychosocial support.  Since the war started in Gaza on 7…

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Number of Migrants Arriving in Spain Nearly Triples so far this Year

Save the Children Spain works in coordination with other organisations and local administrations to meet the specific needs of migrant children

About20,000 migrants, including more than 1,500 children, arrived in Spain in the first four months of 2024, with 80% headed to the Canary Islands, making it the most heavily used migration route to Europe so far this year, Save the Children said.  Even though migrant crossings to Spain usually decrease…

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Burkina Faso: Number of Children Facing Emergency Hunger Levels set to Surge Fivefold as Rainy Season Approaches

Insecurity, the approaching lean season between harvests, and rising food prices mean many do not know where their next meal will come from

The number of children in Burkina Faso facing emergency levels of hunger looks set to surge fivefold to about 210,000 by the middle of this year without an urgent injection of food assistance, said Save the Children. Insecurity, the approaching lean season between harvests, and rising food prices mean many…