* UNICEF: Deputy Executive Director Hilde Johnson appeals for immediate help for Ethiopia
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* 19 Jun 2008
There’s not enough food in Ethiopia.
Rains have failed and parents are bringing their hungry children to feeding stations like this one, where they are fortified with therapeutic rations.
UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde Johnson has spent four days visiting the worst-affected areas, and she says Ethiopia’s children need immediate help.
SOT Hilde Johnston
UNICEF Deputy Executive Director
“It is our assessment that the situation in the hardest hit areas is extremely serious. Children are now at risk of dying in numbers in several areas if help is not provided urgently. The government and partners are doing their utmost to help, but needs are not being met, at present, with adequate speed. More resources need to be provided.”
The next harvest is not due until late September and without help, the situation could grow much worse over the next three months.
Ms Johnston says providing more live-saving therapeutic rations is the first step, but supplementary feeding is also required to prevent children from becoming acutely malnourished.
Children whose health has been compromised by malnutrition also need safe water and medical help to make sure they do not fall prey to disease.
UNICEF has requested 28 million dollars to make sure that Ethiopian children get the food supplies that they