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12:00 AM, December 13, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:19 AM, December 13, 2017

Dr Congo Crisis

400,000 children could die from hunger

The United Nations yesterday warned that more than 400,000 children in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are severely malnourished and could die within months without emergency intervention.

The crisis -- the latest to hit the poverty-stricken, strife-torn central African country -- is unfolding in the vast region of Kasai, the UN's children fund Unicef said.

An 18-month-long combination of violence, mass displacement and slumping agricultural output are having a devastating impact on the very young, it said.

The children are the neediest of more than three-quarters of a million who are badly malnourished.

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