World Bulletin / News Desk
UNICEF, the United Nations' children agency, have led a joint assesment on the situation of Syria's refugees in Lebanon which was launched on Tuesday, revealing malnutrition as a silent, emerging threat.
"Across the country, almost 2,000 Syrian refugee children under-five years of age are at risk of dying, and need immediate treatment to survive," UNICEF spokesman, Patrick McCormick said in a press conference on Tuesday at the UN Office at Geneva, Switzerland.
"In Bekaa and the North of Lebanon, the prevalence of severe, acute malnutrition almost doubled in 2013 compared to 2012," McCormick said.
McCormick said: "Over half of these children suffering from severe acute malnutrition are in Bekaa, in eastern Lebanon, where most of the makeshift camps are and access to clean water, hygiene, and sanitation are a challenge."
UNICEF's 'Humanitarian Action for Children 2014' report indicated that the conflict, violence and economic turmoil in Syria have affected nearly half of the population, including 4.27 million children.
As of December 2013, over 1.1 million children and their families have been forced to take refuge in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.
UNICEF has requested $250 million for children in Lebanon; 840,000 children are due to be vaccinated against measles and 1,120,000 children to be vaccinated against polio in the country.Last Mod: 25 Şubat 2014, 15:58