UNICEF seeks $70 million to aid 900,000 children in Venezuela

epaselect epa07258196 (55/98) Liliana (17), 9 months pregnant, rests against a wall in the district of 'Chacao', in Caracas, Venezuela, 05 November 2018. The streets of Venezuela?s capital, Caracas, are filled with homeless children who run, laugh, swim in polluted rivers, search for food among the trash and, in many cases, abuse drugs that allow them some respite from the harsh realities of living rough. These neglected minors represent one of the many faces of the severe economic and social crisis ravaging the oil-rich South American country. EPA-EFE/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notices epa07258140 AND epa07258141

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The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has appealed for help to provide life-saving assistance to 900,000 youngsters in Venezuela.

As the country continues to face a dire economic crisis, more than three million children need help, amid food shortages and limited access to healthcare and safe water, UNICEF said in a statement.

In its appeal for more than $70 million, the UN agency said that vaccine-preventable diseases including measles and diphtheria have re-emerged, while yellow fever and malaria are on the rise.

Around 1.3 million children and adolescents need protection services, while over a million are now out of school, UNICEF added.

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