Chronic starvation weakens the immune system
Worldwide, 6 million children under the age of 5 die every year, and starvation is a direct or indirect cause of death in more than half those cases. The brutal suffering caused by starvation, so often combined with other diseases, inflicts children everywhere in situations of extreme poverty. The cycle is vicious. Chronic starvation weakens the immune system much like AIDS does, leaving young children to die of severe pneumonia, infections, or otherwise treatable illnesses.
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