The United Nations says the number of severely malnourished children worldwide is rising because of the combined effects of the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and armed conflicts.
The UN children’s fund, Unicef, added that treating them was becoming more expensive because of the rising cost of therapeutic food.
The agency highlighted two regions – Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa – as being particularly at risk. In Afghanistan over a million children are expected to suffer severe malnutrition – double the number in 2018.
In the Horn of Africa, where a severe drought has set in, that figure could reach two million.