‘Off the charts’: 133k Somalia famine child deaths

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'Off the charts': 133k Somalia famine child deathsFILE - In this Tuesday, July 26, 2011 file photo, Minhaj Gedi Farah, a seven-month-old child with a weight of 3.4 kilograms is held by his mother in a field hospital of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in the town of Dadaab, Kenya. Officials in East Africa say a report to be released this week by two U.S. government-funded famine and food agencies gives the highest death toll yet from Somalia's 2011 famine, estimating that 260,000 people died - more than double previous estimates. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)(Credit: AP)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A decision by extremists Islamist militants to ban food aid and international donors numb to a series of unfolding disasters made south-central Somalia the most dangerous place in the world to be a child in 2011.

The first in-depth scientific study of famine deaths in Somalia in 2011 was released Thursday. It estimates 133,000 children under age 5 died, with child death rates approaching 20 percent in some communities.

That’s 133,000 under-5 deaths out of an estimated 9.3 million people. That compares to 65,000 under-5 deaths in all other industrial countries in the world, a combined population of 990 million, according to Chris Hillbruner, a senior food security adviser at FEWS NET, a famine warning agency.

The Associated Press earlier reported Monday on the overall findings of the report.

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