Drought affects 120.000 children in Mauritania

Mauritanian children

Children are the worst off with global warming. This is a reality that, unfortunately, does not have the importance that it should. Both in the »developed» countries with the harmful gases that are emitted into the atmosphere every day, both in the »developing» countries with droughts and floods, they are the ones who get the worst part.

This is the case of 120.000 children from Mauritania, a country that has been suffering severe droughts for several years now, according to Save the Children, a non-governmental organization that has been helping them since 2006.

This year, 2017, the NGO, together with the Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), have acted in 89 villages of Brakna, which is one of the four poorest regions of the country, serving more than 10.000 Mauritanians, which were about 1450 families. Both organizations distributed "cash transfers, hygiene kits and fortified flours to children under two years of age, pregnant or lactating women between the months of May and August, the dry season in the country," he explained. Save the Children.

In addition, held culinary demonstrations in villages to teach how to cook flour correctly. A task that helped mothers learn how important it is to clean kitchen utensils, especially when they have children under 5 years old. They also received many tips to prevent malnutrition in their children.

People in Mauritania

The nutritional situation in Mauritania is serious, and it could be even more so if measures are not taken to reduce the impact of the drought on the most vulnerable families. Of do anything, up to 165.000 children, pregnant and lactating women could suffer from severe malnutrition by 2018.

Save the Children will continue its humanitarian work until this situation is resolved.


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