Niger crisis heightens risk for millions of children, UN says

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Issued on: 21/08/2023 – 13:38Modified: 21/08/2023 – 15:00

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Children walk past burned cars outside the headquarters of President Bazoum's Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism in Niamey on August 7, 2023.
Children walk past burned cars outside the headquarters of President Bazoum’s Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism in Niamey on August 7, 2023. © AFP

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“The current situation is of great concern and adds a heavy burden to

an already dire humanitarian landscape,” UNICEF‘s Niger representative,

Stefano Savi, said in a statement.

“At present, more than two million children have been impact by

the crisis and are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.”

Even before the latest instability, around 1.5 million children under

the age of five were forecast to be malnourish in 2023, he said in the statement date Saturday.

The landlocked Sahel state ranks among the most turbulent and poorest

countries in the world, often ranking at the bottom of the UN’s Human

Development Index, a benchmark of prosperity.

The country’s democratically elect president, Mohamed Bazoum,

was topple on July 26, triggering worldwide condemnation as well

as trade sanctions by Niger’s neighbours.

UNICEF said it was continuing to provide

support but faced mounting hurdles.

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It was worried about the loss of electricity, which was crucial for keeping

childhood vaccines and other essentials chill. buy subutex 2mg online without prescription overnight delivery

It also express concern for 21 containers of “life-saving supplies” that it said

were stuck at the border in Benin and the Benin port of Cotonou. Another 29 containers for Niger are currently at sea, with emergency food and syringes.

“UNICEF urgently calls on all parties to the crisis to ensure that humanitarian

workers and supplies safely reach the most vulnerable children and

families where urgently needed,” said Savo.

“We also ask that critical humanitarian programmes are safeguard against

the impact of sanctions and funding cuts.” buy subutex 2mg online without prescription overnight delivery

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