The Financial Express

110m children in Asia go hungry

87pc in BD suffer from anxiety as family income falls

| Updated: July 11, 2020 18:31:02

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As many as 110-million children in Asia remain hungry as their family income has fallen drastically for an economic depression amid coronavirus, reveals a latest World Vision survey.

Another 85-million families in the continent have inadequate food.

Again, apprehension of increased child hunger, violence and poverty has gripped them due to the global financial depression.

Another 8.0-million children are at risk of falling into begging, child labour and child marriage in Asia as a result of their parents' inability to buy adequate food.

The rapid assessment survey styled 'Out of Times' was released recently where no separate chapter on Bangladeshi children was included.

The report only mentioned that 87-per cent children in Bangladesh suffer from mental depression and another 87 per cent from anxiety as their family income has fallen due to lockdown.

They have been suffering from continuous isolation as their parents' and guardians' income has reduced, it highlighted.

Children, pregnant women and lactating mothers at heightened risk as they are taking in less than the required amount of food due to reduced income.

In this rapid assessment conducted in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, it was found that children are at the highest risk in this pandemic.

World Vision collected information from 14,000 families of Asia, 2,400 small entrepreneur of Africa and 360 refugees of Venezuela.

It revealed that the process of disaster apprehended and predicted by global agencies has already started.

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