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Namibia Drought Leaves 109,000 Children at Risk of Malnutrition

Drought in Namibia, which compelled the government to declare a state of emergency, has left 109,000 children under five years old and breastfeeding mothers at risk of severe malnutrition, the United Nations said.

“The situation is very difficult and children in particular are the hardest hit,” Micaela Marques De Sousa, Unicef’s representative in Namibia, said in a phone interview from Ondangwa town, near the Angolan border. “The lack of food means breastfeeding mothers are also at high risk.”