Tons of Saudi dates for Afghan children

Saudi Arabia has given two million dollars of dates to supplement the diet of Afghan children who lack proper nutrition because of insecurity and disasters, the World Food Programme said Wednesday.

Tons of Saudi dates for Afghan children
Saudi Arabia has given two million dollars of dates to supplement the diet of Afghan children who lack proper nutrition because of insecurity and disasters, the World Food Programme said Wednesday.

The 2,000 tons of dates will be given to given to children at primary schools, WFP said in a statement.

Insecurity and natural disasters such as drought and floods "have had a severe impact on the basic nutritional needs of millions of poor people, especially Afghan children," it said.

Afghanistan, which has suffered nearly 30 years of war, is one of the world's poorest countries and ranks among the lowest for basic indicators on health and living standards.

According to a UNICEF report released last year, it is fourth in the world for the number of children dying under five. About 54 percent of children under five suffer severe to moderate stunting because of poor nutrition.

AFP
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