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KENYA: ‘Perfect storm’ brewing among urban poor | IRIN Africa

NAIROBI, 22 August 2011 (IRIN) – The food crisis that is devastating lives and killing children throughout the Horn of Africa is not restricted to the arid lands where media attention and donor dollars are now focused. In informal urban settlements, malnutrition affects thousands of children but remains largely overlooked.

Over the past five months, Concern Worldwide has recorded a 62 percent increase in cases of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) at clinics it supports in Nairobi slum areas.

“Since we are only reaching 33 percent of the slum population we know there are likely to be lots more people not getting help,” said communications manager Elizabeth Wright.

“Everything is sort of combining for a perfect storm,” Wright told IRIN. “We’re going to be seeing a full-scale nutritional emergency in the urban context. It will be too late.”

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