New York Times—Child Mortality Rate Declines Globally
The number of children dying before their fifth birthdays each year has fallen below nine million for the first time on record, a significant milestone in the global effort to improve children’s chances of survival, particularly in the developing world, according to data that Unicef will release today. The child mortality rate has declined by more than a quarter in the last two decades in large part because of the widening distribution of relatively inexpensive technologies, like measles vaccines and anti-malaria mosquito nets.
AP—Kenya’s elephants dying amid drought
A drought in Kenya has gotten so bad that it is felling even the giants of the animal kingdom — the country’s famed elephants which are dying as rivers dry up and grasslands shrivel in parched game reserves. In terms of human impact, there are no tallies of deaths among people attributed to the drought, but the U.N.’s World Food program said recently that 3.8 million Kenyans are at risk and need emergency food aid.
LA Times—Somalia fighting take heavy toll on children
The LA Times reports from Somalia that as violence in Mogadishu, the capital, has soared to new heights, children are increasingly ensnared in the fighting between government troops and insurgents. Children have long been the greatest casualty of Somalia’s 18-year civil war—one in five is acutely malnourished, few attend school and most spend their lives running from violence, drought and poverty.
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