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STUDIO CITY (CBS) — With an estimated 1.25 million children across southern Somalia in urgent need of life-saving care, UNICEF is calling for help to make saving children’s lives the top priority and to urgently support all efforts to reach children in need.
Anne Kelly, director of UNICEF’s Southern California Regional Office, stopped by KCAL9 Tuesday to talk about what the public can do to help.
“Families should not have to face a perilous journey on foot in search of basic necessities like food and water, nor should they be forced to make the unthinkable choice of which child to feed,” said President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern. “Providing food for a child costs as little as $1 per day, but we urgently need support to reach these children in desperate need.”
So far this month UNICEF has brought in enough supplementary feeding supplies for 65,000 children in the drought-affected regions of southern Somalia. These supplies are being distributed by partners on the ground.
UNICEF plans to further boost its supply pipeline to support the existing 325 supplementary feeding centers, 16 inpatient stabilization centers and 201 outpatient therapeutic feeding centers, as well as expand outreach services to reach children in remote areas.
Next week a vessel carrying 410 metric tons of corn-soy blend to provide blanket feeding for over 20,000 families is expected to dock in Mogadishu. The ship will also deliver F-75 therapeutic milk and ready-to-use therapeutic food to treat more than 7,300 severely malnourished children.
For more information on how to donate, visit UNICEF.
Call: 1-800-4UNICEF (1-800-486-4233)
Text: Text “FOOD” to UNICEF (864233) to donate $10
Mail: 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038
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