UNICEF : 60,000 children in North Korea will likely suffer from acute malnutrition this year

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says, 60,000 children in North Korea will likely suffer from acute malnutrition this year.

Announcing an outline of its humanitarian assistance in 2018 at Geneva, UNICEF said that in North Korea, about 18 million people face insecure food supplies, and an estimated 60,000 children aged below 5 will become severely malnourished.

The agency said activities related to humanitarian assistance are excluded from UN Security Council sanctions, but that rising fuel costs have affected its deliveries of relief supplies to North Korea.

It also says enhanced scrutiny on financial institutions has slowed its deliveries of funds and goods to the North. UNICEF is appealing for the international assistance of 16.5 million dollars for North Korean children this year.

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