El Nino & Children in Southern Africa

Southern Africa is currently facing one of the strongest El Niño crises in 35 years, with an estimated 49 million people at risk. This El Niño, through drought, floods and sometimes both, is causing food insecurity, increased food prices, death of livestock and economic slow-down. In addition, there are significant impacts to children, not only through food insecurity and malnutrition, but through child protection concerns. This early-stage child protection rapid assessment was initiated at the request of international humanitarian organisations working both in the Southern African region, and in the child protection sector.