New York: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that Sri Lanka, which is facing a severe economic crisis, has lost access to staple food and the problem of malnutrition has increased. UNICEF said that poor boys and girls are suffering the most.
UNICEF’s regional director for South Asia, George Laria-Adjei, said food insecurity has pushed Sri Lanka into already serious social problems.
In a statement on Friday, he said, “Families are not getting regular meals as staple food items have become inaccessible. Children are sleeping hungry, they do not understand from where the food will be arranged for them.
He said widespread food insecurity would lead to malnutrition, poverty, disease and death in the region. He said that the problem of severe malnutrition in Sri Lanka is from the beginning.
He said the current economic crisis has exposed the shortcomings of Sri Lanka’s social infrastructure. Significantly, Sri Lanka is in the grip of serious economic crisis. Millions of people are struggling to buy food, medicine, fuel and other essential items due to this crisis.
Significantly, this economic crisis in Sri Lanka has been at its peak since the beginning of this year. Protests were witnessed against the government across the country. The prices of essential goods for living in the country have started touching the sky.
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First Published: 27 August 2022, 22:51 IST