Measurement of a child's upper arm in Central African Republic. Photo: Paula Dear for Thomson Reuters

'Children face "staggeringly high" hunger in conflict-hit Central African Republic'

Paula Dear reports on the humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic

By Action Against Hunger

Jun 30 2016

By Paula Dear, Thomson Reuters Foundation: 'Clinging to her toy dog, 18-month-old Clemence Mokbem stares ahead as nurses rush past to tend to crying babies in the hot, overcrowded intensive care ward in a Bangui hospital.

The toddler was taken to the main children's hospital in Central African Republic's capital by her teenage mother Anita, after successive bouts of malaria led to fever and weight loss.

"I fed her but she didn't eat - she cried all night," the 16-year-old told the Thomson Reuters Foundation at the hospital.

"She's had malaria a few times, but not like that."'

Read the full article from the Thomson Reuters Foundation here

Sara Ngombe, two years old, is cradled by her aunt at the nutrition unit at the main children's hospital in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic . Photo: Paula Dear for Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Later this summer we will publish a series of stories from Central African Republic so watch this space. To find out more about our work in Central African Republic, click here.

 

 

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 Photo: Paula Dear for Thomson Reuters Foundation.