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Children starve in Darfur’s Jebel Marra

August 9 - 2015 NIERTETI
A Darfuri child suffering from malnutrition (file photo)
A Darfuri child suffering from malnutrition (file photo)

Mortality rates owing to severe malnutrition among children in western Jebel Marra, Central Darfur, are rising rapidly.

Nierteti Hospital is crowded with young patients from the areas of Guldo, Tor, and Golo, an activist told Radio Dabanga. 

“From 18 July until Thursday more than 15 children at Nierteti hospital died as a result of undernourishment,” he said. 

“Seven of them died last week: Ishag Hassan Ali (17 months), Abdallah Omar Abdallah, Sumeiya Hussein Abakar, Maryam Bilal Hassan, and Hikmah Ibrahim Abakar, all 18-months-old, and Hosni Hussein Ibrahim and Mutaz El Nur Abdelaziz, both 23-months-old.”

According to 2015 figures published by the UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan, some 3.5 million people in Darfur need humanitarian assistance. More than two thirds of children across Darfur are stunted because of malnutrition.


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