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The long walk of Cheposokoi and Pkorir

Cheposokoi: Story from the field in West Pokot Kenya 
Cheposokoi walked for all morning from her village high up in the mountains to find a nutrition health worker. Carrying Pkorir, her baby, and a small bag filled with an empty water bottle and a little-ripped towel, she finally reached the centre under the intense heat of the afternoon sun. 

There are dozens of other mother’s waiting patiently at the Action Against Hunger screening site. When the community health volunteer examines Pkorir’s, the signs of malnutrition are evident, the baby is severely acute malnourished. He has lost more than third of his wight, has diarrhoea for days and is unable to eat. Without hesitation, Cheposokoi and her baby are rushed to the stabilisation centre in Sigor’s Regional Hospital. 

County Nutrition Coordinator for the Ministry of Health, Leah Chelobei, says: “There is an immense problem of malnutrition in our country and one of the biggest challenges we face in knowledge gaps with our health workers. We need to build the capacity of all levels – mothers, health workers, nurses and doctors – to raise awareness about the danger of malnutrition and identify children like Pkorir long before there are this weak.” 

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Five year independence celebrated in hunger

Ongoing insecurity, high food prices, and major food deficits have pushed large numbers of already vulnerable people in South Sudan over the edge, leaving them struggling to meet their basic survival needs.

Powerful first voice video Link

all Video and photos: Guy Calaf for Action Against Hunger-USA

SSD 2016

22 years old Agauwol Akec, sustenance farmer and mother of 5 children, collects weeds and branches to build a hut for a neighbor in the hopes of getting payed some small cash or some food, in her home village of Yargot, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan on May 7th, 2016.

Sanaa, Yemen, on January 24, 2016.

 

APTOPIX Mideast War And Hunger

In this Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 photo, a malnourished child lies in a bed waiting to receive treatment at a therapeutic feeding center in a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. This child is one of millions of people across countries like Syria, Yemen and Iraq are gripped by hunger, struggling to survive with little help from the outside world. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

A malnourished child lies in a bed waiting to receive treatment at a therapeutic feeding center in a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, on January 24, 2016. This child is one of millions of people across countries mired in conflict like Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, gripped by hunger, struggling to survive with little help from the outside world.

War Is Beautiful: A Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict

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David Shields analyzed over a decade’s worth of front-page war photographs from The New York Times and came to a shocking conclusion: the photo-editing process of the “paper of record,” by way of pretty, heroic, and lavishly aesthetic image selection, pulls the wool over the eyes of its readers; Shields forces us to face not only the the media’s complicity in dubious and catastrophic military campaigns but our own as well. Photos taken from the front page of The New York Times and arranged thematically: Nature, Playground, Father, God, Pietà, Painting, Movie, Beauty, Love, Death, leads the reader to conclude “a chaotic world is ultimately under control,”  link

At the same time Tim Parks asks in his review:

Is there any way out of this? Is there any way at all to represent war, even to ourselves, that would be free of this aestheticizing process? link

 

Somaliland’s herders devastated by drought

Hargeisa, Somaliland – Vast regions of Somaliland, the autonomous territory that declared independence from Somalia in 1991, but has not been internationally recognised, are enduring one of their harshest droughts in two decades.

As the wet seasons have grown increasingly erratic and the rainfall more sporadic over recent years, thousands of herding families across the remote coastal Awdal and Galbeed territories have been pushed into crisis. link

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Entering Madaya

An aid worker recounts entering Madaya and discusses the power of the graphic visuals that have emerged

The Syrian town of Madaya, along the border with Lebanon, was pitch dark by the time aid workers arrived on Jan. 11. It took more than eight hours for their convoy to travel from Damascus; the town lacked electricity and it had begun to rain.

He took a picture and “just realized that for a very, very long time, we have been the only physical persons that have been there from outside, able to listen to their problems, able to listen to their suffering. It was very, very important, even if we didn’t really have the solutions to all of their problems,”  link

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Mothers in the Niger are screening their children for malnutrition

A pilot programme supported by UNICEF and partners has started leveraging the care of mothers to fight malnutrition. The programme distributes bracelets to monitor the growth of their child. It tells the mothers how to read the results, and what action, if any, to take. link

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