300,000 Venezuelan Children at Risk of Dying from Malnutrition, Catholic NGO Alerts

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The rate of child malnutrition reached 15 percent in August of this year, Susana Rafalli, a representative of Caritas, told ABC this week. She also said 33 percent of Venezuela’s child population are already showing signs of irreversible stunted growth. (Codevida)

Espa√ĪolAround 300,000 children in Venezuela are at risk of death from malnutrition, according to Caritas, a¬†humanitarian organization¬†run by¬†the Catholic Church. It estimated that between five and six children die from malnutrition in Nicol√°s Maduro’s country each week.

The rate of child malnutrition reached 15 percent in August of this year, Susana Rafalli, a representative of Caritas, told¬†ABC. She also said 33 percent of Venezuela’s child population are already showing signs of irreversible stunted growth.

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“If the threat caused by severely malnourished children gets any worse, and nothing is done soon to help them, many will die,” Rafalli tweeted. “This¬†is a humanitarian emergency.”

Medical experts have reiterated the need for humanitarian aid, but the Maduro regime has thus far refused to accept any. It claims that¬†any shortage crisis involving food, medicine or other basic resources is the result of an “economic war” being waged against socialism by the United States and European Union.

Doctor¬†Julio Castro reinforced the importance of¬†Caritas’ figures.¬†“Maternal mortality between 2006 and 2016 shows a year-by-year increase of 10 percent,” he said, “but in the last year, it shot up 65 percent due to hunger and a lack of medical care and (other) products.”

Venezuela must pay US $2 billion in bonds in the coming weeks.¬†Earlier in the month, it failed to pay coupons for debt on the state-owned oil company PDVSA worth US $350 million. Experts said these¬†botched payments¬†will put an additional strain on the country’s¬†economy¬†and affect its ability to provide basic goods to citizens.

Source: ABC

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