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Nearly 1.4m chil­dren are fac­ing death in famines in Nige­ria, So­ma­lia, South Su­dan and Ye­men, the UN chil­dren’s agency Unicef warned on 21 Fe­bru­ary. Peo­ple are al­ready starv­ing to death in all four coun­tries and the World Food Pro­gramme says more than 20m lives are at risk in the next six months, Reuters re­ported. Unicef said while time is run­ning out, lives can be saved if prompt ac­tion is taken, as the se­vere mal­nu­tri­tion and loom­ing famine are largely man-made. South Su­dan, where 270 000 chil­dren are se­verely mal­nour­ished, has been mired in a civil war since 2013, with the UN warn­ing of a po­ten­tial geno­cide in the coun­try.

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