UN: Many Bangladesh children malnourished

Published on 30 March 2009

The United Nations said Sunday that Bangladesh is battling "a silent emergency" with nearly half of the impoverished country's children under age 5 suffering from chronic malnutrition. UNICEF and the U.N. World Food Program estimated in a report that 48.6 percent of the country's 20 million children aged 6 months to 5 years are chronically malnourished, a devastating problem caused by food shortages and high prices. [...] Food prices in Bangladesh have been relatively stable over the past two months, but some officials say the food crisis still poses a major threat. "Even if the prices of food are now falling, the crisis is far from being over," John Aylieff, the WFP chief in Bangladesh, told a news conference Sunday.

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