UNICEF UK's Executive Director David Bull has continued his call for the the UK media to focus their attention on the children's famine in Somalia.

"Today, the EU is considering a bailout package worth more than 100 billion euros," he said. "Just one of those billions could meet the emergency need in Somalia, where hundreds of thousands of children are at risk." 

It is estimated that as many as 14 children are dying every hour in the worst-affected areas of southern Somalia. This is the first time in 20 years that the United Nations has declared a famine.

"We need a bailout package for Somalia’s children," Bull added. "Before its too late.

Lord Ashdown, UNICEF UK's President, also called in The Guardian for the media to divert their attention from phone-hacking to the famine in Somalia. 

He said: "In today's newspapers, I hoped to see headlines shouting that millions of women and children in Somalia, and across the entire Horn of Africa, are struggling for survival and need the British public to help. But I didn't. Instead, my eyes were blurred with articles of shaving foam and hacking scandals."

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Eight-year-old Halima Osman (second from left) stands with her siblings and her mother in the Dagahaley refugee camp in North Eastern Province, near the Kenya-Somalia border. © UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1022/Holt
Eight-year-old Halima Osman (second from left) stands with her siblings and her mother in the Dagahaley refugee camp in North Eastern Province, near the Kenya-Somalia border.© UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1022/Holt