Tuesday, July 7, 2020
6.3 C
Johannesburg
Home News 280,000 children could die of malnutrition in Venezuela

280,000 children could die of malnutrition in Venezuela

Caritas Venezuela has warned that some 280,000 children could die of malnutrition due to food shortages amidst the country’s grave economic crisis.

Susanna Rafalli, a Caritas representative in Venezuela, sounded the alarm during a press conference with foreign media, pointing out that besides the lack of food, the Venezuelan people are forced to deal with a shortage of medicine, a situation that is “silently decimating the population”.

According to a Caritas report, the quantity and quality of food had dropped across Venezuela, due to the chronic shortage of products available and high inflation rates.

Caritas, a Catholic organisation, cares for the poorest and most vulnerable population in four Venezuelan states: the Caracas, Vargas, Miranda and Zulia. Nearly 10% of children in these states are severely malnourished. The Caritas report stated that each week five or six children die of malnutrition. Caritas projects that 280,000 children could eventually die from hunger.

“Malnutrition has risen to 15% of children in August, therefore we declared a humanitarian emergency. 33% of the child population is already showing stunted growth. This damage, whether physical or mental, will accompany them throughout their lives.” Rafalli noted.

According to figures from Caritas, maternal mortality grew 10% between 2006 and 2016. However, they pointed out that in the last year it skyrocketed to 65%. In addition, 63% of public hospitals do not have potable water, and 64% do not have milk for children, 51% do not have sufficient facilities for operations, Caritas warned.

This article was originally published by, ACI Prensa and translated by CNA.

* The opinions expressed here by Spotlight.Africa contributors and editors are their own and not official statements of the Society of Jesus in South Africa or of the Catholic Church unless explicitly stated.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Catholic News Agencyhttps://www.catholicnewsagency.com
CNA strives to provide free, up-to-the-minute news affecting the Universal Church, giving particular emphasis to the words of the Holy Father and events of the Holy See, to any person with access to the internet. Catholic News Agency is an apostolate of EWTN News.

Most Popular

Missing Mass reminds me of a Christmas in Darfur

As we enter Day 100 of lockdown, the hunger and suffering of many Catholics who long to attend Mass in person continues...

Mother Church without women in leadership

The role of women in the Church remains a contested space. Mahadi Buthelezi, our new spotlight.africa contributor, examines biblical representations of women,...

Timely reading: “Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge

The ongoing protests in the United States in response to the police killing of George Floyd and discrimination against Black people has...

COVID-19 and the devil’s peak

The numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to increase daily and medical facilities in several provinces have already announced that they have reached...

Archives

Recent Comments