On a day when CNN reported on a death hoax involving Cher and Kim Kardashian, MSNBC delved into Demi Moore's 911 call and Fox News told us that Rolls-Royce had sold out of its Year of Dragon luxury cars, the United Nation's Children's Fund released its annual Humanitarian Action for Children report.
The analysis, made public Friday, decried rising levels of starvation and malnutrition among children under the age of 5 in many of the world's troubled regions. In particular, the crisis in Somalia and other Horn of Africa countries accounted for one third of the total amount, according to the report.
In concert with the survey, UNICEF appealed for $1.28 billion to fund its 2012 humanitarian operations in more than 25 countries across the globe. That's a 9 percent drop from last year's funding requirement.
Nutrition support for children now accounts for 30 percent of UNICEF's total spending, up from 19 percent only a year ago.
A recent forecast revealed 1 million cases of severe malnutrition in the Sahei region of Africa, south of the Sahara Desert, impacting eight countries. Most of those affected were in Niger. UNICEF said up to 60 percent of the children were likely to die without emergency assistance. Other countries affected were Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon and Burkino Faso.