UN Official Says Undernourishment Among Burmese Children Reaching Alarming Level
A senior U.N. official says there is an alarming rate of malnutrition among Burma's children. The head of the World Food Program is urging the government to change policies that he says are hurting efforts to combat the problem.
The director of the World Food Program, James Morris, says one-third of Burma's children are chronically malnourished, and, in some areas, the proportion is as high as two-thirds. And, noting that many mothers are also malnourished, he said the humanitarian cost is enormous.
"When numbers this large of children are at risk, to say nothing of the anemia condition of so many women in the country, the country's future is severely at risk," he said.
Mr. Morris, talking to reporters in Bangkok after a trip through Burma, said Burmese government policies on agriculture, marketing and the movement of people make it difficult for many Burmese to subsist.