Hidden hunger: victims of a failed millennium promise

Published on 17 September 2010

Two little girls playing in the mud in a Dhaka shanty town are unaware of the Millennium Development Goals that were launched before they were born in order to help millions of children like them. (..) "The kids that you see here are suffering from two types of malnutrition," says John Aylieff, the country director for the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP). "They are underweight for their age, like eight million other children in Bangladesh." Many are also suffering from a chronic lack of vitamins and minerals. "That has a marked effect on the development of their bodies and their brains," he says, "particularly when those children are under age two."

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