IN 2021, OVER 10 MILLION CHILDREN IN NIGERIA AND 6 OTHERS MAY FACE ACUTE MALNUTRITION
Approximately 10.4 million children in seven countries, including Nigeria, are estimated to suffer from acute malnutrition within the year 2021, according to a statement from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said last Wednesday.
“As 2021 approaches, UNICEF is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of 10.4 million children projected to suffer from acute malnutrition next year in those countries,” the statement said, citing the affected countries as Burkina Faso, Sudan, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mali, South Sudan, Yemen, and Niger.
UNICEF said that limited access to essential services, socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing insecurity in the DRC will result in an estimated 3.3 million children, under the age of five, will suffer next year from acute malnutrition.
Over 800,000 children in Northeast Nigeria are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition, including almost 300,000 who are gauged to be at imminent risk of death.
According to UNICEF, 1.4 million children – the highest number of children since 2013 – will face acute malnutrition in South Sudan next year, due to insecurity and ongoing conflict, as well as limited water, health care and hygiene services.
Within the countries Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, the number of malnourished children could increase by 21 per cent to a staggering 2.9 million amid conflict, displacement and climate shocks in these Central Sahel countries.
The number of malnourished children in Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso could increase by 21 percent to an astonishing 2.9 million amid displacement, climate shocks and conflict in these Central Sahel countries.
UNICEF also warned that more than 2 million children presently suffer from acute malnutrition in Yemen, and the figure is expected to further rise in 2021.
Blessings, my brothers and sisters. Shalom, and Happy New Year in advance! I know that for many of us who are reading this post, we are currently enjoying valuable time in the presence of loved ones to the best of our ability in this Covid season. Likewise, for many of us, the fiendish effects of poverty and famine are very distant from us… which is truly something to give God praise for. Yet on the other hand, for multitudes around the world- young children in particular- it is painful to say that this is currently not the case.
Malnutrition is considered to be a major “silent pandemic” that has been ravaging nations around the world long before Covid-19 began to. In younger populations, the effects of it have already been quite detrimental. Yet before we question God in our hearts, wondering why such a terrible thing as this would cause such massive pain and suffering to his created people, let us first turn to scripture to see exactly what the Lord has to say about these times.
Matt 24:7 reads, “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places.” This scripture describes what will be witnessed on a global scale during the end times, signaling the near coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus mentioned that in the end times, there will be famines… and believe it or not, the end times are actually right now! We are in the “eschatos” as Apostle Peter describes, meaning the end of the end (of this age). Therefore, malnutrition should not surprise us, as Jesus quite clearly foretold of terrible things such as this.
Yet the Bible also says that no man knows the day or the hour of Jesus’ coming (Matt 24:36) and that we are to occupy the earth until he comes (Luke 19:13). Children of God, Jesus does not expect us to simply groan hopelessly about the wickedness of the world, idly waiting until he raptures us out of such sufferings. No! God wants us to dominate this earth, ruling over and destroying the powers of this world that are responsible for global malnutrition, famine, poverty, civil unrest and the like.
It’s great that this Covid-19 pandemic has managed to catch world attention and awareness, however, I don’t care how many people want to fight what I am about to say… it’s simply the honest truth. I am not debunking the seriousness of the Covid-19 virus, however, this pandemic is definitely not the only pandemic raging the world this very moment, and not even the most widespread one at that! I don’t even have the time today to talk about the mental illness pandemic amongst malnutrition and many others.
Therefore, do not allow yourself to be deceived or paralyzed in fear during these end-times, and do not feed solely on what the main media is deceptively spewing. There is more currently going on in this world than Covid, yet do not fret. The Word of God says that from the days of John the Baptist, the Kingdom of God suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force (Matt 11:12). This scripture highlights the fact that if we want change in this world, we have to work towards implementing it. Whatever happens is what you allow. Therefore, as children of the Almighty God who have the power of Jesus Christ living inside of us, let us not only strive to end the Covid-19 pandemic, but every other pandemic in this world that has been inflicting pain and suffering on peoples around the world to this very moment. It is time to not only be hearers of the word but DOERS of it! (Jas 1:22)
Gather more information from news articles that are not related to the topic of Covid-19. Just because the world has temporarily shut down economically, doesn’t mean that it has shut down spiritually or in any other area. Educate yourself on various things that are going on today that are not solely focused on what the mass-media is falsely hyping up. Stay well-rounded and informed!
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