NAIROBI, Kenya (May 2, 2013)--The decision by extremists Islamist militants to ban food aid and international donors numb to a series of unfolding disasters made south-central Somalia the most dangerous place in the world to be a child in 2011, according to the first in-depth scientific study of famine deaths in Somalia in 2011 released Thursday.
It estimates 133,000 children younger than 5 died, as child death rates approached 20 percent in some communities.
The 133,000 younger-than-5 deaths out of an estimated 9.3 million people compares to 65,000 younger-than-5 deaths in all other industrial countries in the world, a combined population of 990 million, according to Chris Hillbruner, a senior food security adviser at FEWS NET, a famine warning agency.
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