UN warns of worsening malnutrition in Syria's Eastern Ghouta
30 Nov 2017 - 12:07
New York: The United Nations has warned of a worsening crisis of malnutrition among the besieged population in the Syrian eastern regions of Ghouta, the last opposition stronghold.
Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said that severe acute malnutrition rates among children in eastern Ghouta have increased fivefold in the past ten months, expressing worry about the food situation there, where only 100,000 out of an estimated 400,000 people have received food assistance this year.
Deaths of people, especially children, from preventable can be prevented if aid convoys can be increased and made more regular, he expressed, adding "Against this background, news over the last two days of a ceasefire in eastern Ghouta would be if true and if sustained important."
He plans to visit Syria in early January 2018 to assess the situation and to discuss assistance to those in need can be improved.