November 04, 2011 11:05
Nearly half of all children aged five or below living under the reclusive and poverty-stricken North Korean regime suffer from stunted growth due to malnutrition, the United Nations Development Programme reported.
About 20 percent of them are also known to be underweight, the UNDP said in its annual report on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned that tens of thousands of children from the country are at risk of severe malnutrition, which will have an irreversible impact on their future growth.
The UN funding agency estimated that at least US$20 million is needed to prevent the nutrition crisis in the country. It urged donor countries to continue sending food aid to the impoverished country.
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