Reference : V-P-CF-E-00145
Date : 12/07/2007
Caption : Displaced family living in a makeshift shelter in the forest in North West of Central Arican Republic.
Photographer : BJÖRGVINSSON, Jón
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Gérard a 24-year-old father received hoes he collected for his extended family during an ICRC tools distribution in Bodoli.

Gérard' s grandmother Josephine sits in her makeshift shelter in the forest. One of the family's major concerns is the absence of any health care. When they lived in the village, the hospital in Paoua -- the nearest big town -- could be reached via a red laterite road in a day's walk, or in two hours by car. Now that they are living far into the bush, anyone who falls sick has first to be carried along narrow, often muddy forest paths just to get to the road. On the day this photo was taken, one of the children fell into the fire and burnt her arm. With no medicines to hand, and nothing with which to protect it, the wound quickly attracted flies.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 3456x2304
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour