Cholera kills 35 children in Somalia

Cholera has claimed as many as 35 children in southern Somalia while more than 20 children have died of hunger in the region, which is experiencing a major famine.
In addition, at least 425 people suffering from various diseases were taken to local hospitals for medical treatment and thousands are on the verge of starving to death. Somalia has the world's highest child mortality rate, with nearly one in five children dying before the age of five, Press TV reports.
The mortality rate in 2010 was 180 deaths for every 1,000 live births, according to the latest data released by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation.
According to the United Nations, with most of southern Somalia in famine, 750,000 people are at imminent risk of death. Last year, less than one-third of one-year-old children in Somalia received necessary immunizations and more than 70 percent of the population lacked access to safe water. Only three out of every 10 children of primary school age were enrolled in school.
The country has not had a functioning government since 1991, when overlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre. Somalia generates a high number of refugees and internally displaced people.