Child Alert - Horn of Africa UNICEF

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A malnourished child with her treatment chart, Gode Hospital, Ethiopia.

Malnutrition

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UNICEF correspondent Dan Thomas reports on efforts to help starving children in Ethiopia's Somali region.

Children of pastoralists are typically fed a high-protein diet of fresh milk and meat from their livestock. But when drought kills livestock or they stop producing milk, the shock to a child's metabolism causes severe malnutrition at a faster rate than it would for other children who rely less on protein. Child pastoralists are therefore among the most vulnerable children in the Horn of Africa.