45 Million Children in Africa at Risk Due to Climate Crisis: UNICEF

La Prensa Latina

Nairobi, Dec 19 (EFE).- Around 45 million children in eastern and southern Africa are at an imminent risk due to climate-induced humanitarian crisis, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

“The climate crisis is not a distant threat but an immediate danger to the well-being of children in eastern and southern Africa,” Unicef regional director Etleva Kadilli said in a statement.

Across the region, the rising temperatures, extreme weather events, and shifting climate patterns have led to a surge in displacement amongst vulnerable communities, the UN Children’s Fund said.

“This mass displacement has disrupted children’s learning, and exposed children to heightened risks of exploitation such as forced child marriage, child labor, and recruitment into armed groups,” the agency said.