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Reference : V-P-SO-E-00817
Date : 24/08/2016
Country/Region : SOMALIA
Caption : Baidoa, stabilization centre. Nutritional feeding program supported by the ICRC. Mothers and caregivers stay with the children for the duration of the recovery. At the centre, they receive three meals a day.
Photographer : YAZDI, Pedram
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : They are given cash after being discharged to cover essential needs and to compensate or cover for any lost income they may have suffered while at the centre. Some mothers are forced to bring along other children because they can't leave them unattended at home. These children also receive food at the centre.
Centres for Hope: Lying on a pediatric scale, Baby Amina's* tiny body takes up only a fraction of the space it should. Malnutrition has hobbled her growth and exposed her bones. Though she should weigh 4.8 kilograms, the needle on the scale says she weighs only 2.6 kilograms. Baby Amina* is one of 55,000 children under age 5 in Somalia in dire need of life-saving therapeutic treatment. Humanitarian estimates indicate that more than 300,000 children are only slightly healthier, classified as acutely malnourished. This nutritional deficiency leaves the children weak and may cause stunting, denying them the opportunity to thrive and reach their full development potential. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is supporting two stabilization centres in Somalia where the majority of the affected children live. These stabilization centres, though insufficient on their own, are critical venues where the children are admitted and placed on a nutritional feeding program that sets them on the path of recovery. Between January and July this year the centres admitted 2,527 children.
*Not her real name
Original material : digital
Resolution : 3884x2532
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour