The reality of malnutrition
Ahada was terrified when her 13-month-old daughter Suldana feel sick with a high fever and started to rapidly lose weight.
“When I saw my daughter’s health, despair and desolation troubled my soul,” she remembers.
Suldana’s family rely on agriculture and grow produce like maize, millet and beans. In recent years, the harvest from their farm hasn’t been enough because of frequent droughts, insufficient rainfall and the infestation of desert locust on their land.
“Last year was a good one,” says Ahada. “We received adequate rainfall and started planting of variety of crops with high expectations of getting a good yield and harvest. Unfortunately, it didn’t go as planned due to the locusts that invaded, eating up all our crops.”
Without any crops left in their stockpile, the family’s food supply fell well below what they needed to keep themselves and their children well-fed. Food shortages and a poor diet can lead to malnutrition. Children under five, like Suldana, are most at risk.
Suldana’s family, like many others in their area, struggled to make ends meet. The only food available was goat milk and porridge, which was not enough for the whole family.