Across West Africa, crops have failed and food prices are rising. Without a reliable food source, children are simply not getting enough food to eat.
More than a million children could face life-threatening malnutrition if we don't take immediate action.
Chad is just one of the countries affected. This photo story explains why child hunger is happening there, what we're doing to stop it escalating, and how you can help us.
Preventing hunger-related illness before it happens is much cheaper than treating it. Here, a UNICEF-supported health worker is looking for early signs of malnutrition by measuring a child’s height.
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