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Unicef: Fifth of developing world children in extreme poverty

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Image caption Half the children in sub-Saharan Africa are deemed extremely poor

Nearly a fifth of children in developing countries are living in extreme poverty, the World Bank and the UN's children's agency say.

The children - nearly 385m in total - were in households making $1.90 (£1.45) a day or less, the report said.

They include half the children in sub-Saharan Africa and more than a third of those in South Asia.

Unicef and the World Bank have called on governments in affected countries to do more to help children.

"Children are not only more likely to be living in extreme poverty; the effects of poverty are most damaging to children," Anthony Lake of Unicef said.

"They are the worst off of the worst off and the youngest children are the worst off of all, because the deprivations they suffer affect the development of their bodies and their minds."

The UN has set a target of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030.

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