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@Regrann from @sam_bronx - The Displaced and ignored in Central African Republic

Already chronically poor and unstable, CAR's largely forgotten conflict has worsened a dire situation, disrupting food production and basic services and leaving swaths of territory under the control of armed groups and warlords. Today the UN says 2.3 million people are in need of aid, and half the population are without enough food.
Aisatou, 50, and Oumaron, 61, stand in the room they live in with their three grandchildren, pictured, in Koui. They also fled Sangodoro two months ago, and now survive by collecting wood to sell. 'Most of the houses in our village have been burned, so it would be difficult to go back,' says Oumaron. Angrily waving his arm over the wall he rattles off a list of nearby settlements, saying: 'They are all empty.' Photo: Samuel Hauenstein Swan Al Jazeera Text Paula Dear

#CentralAfricanRepublic #humansofCAR #Conflict #Africa #moving, #UN #foodcrises #malnutrition #foodinsecurity #acutemalnutrition #documentaryphotography #photographer #photojournalist #poverty #humanitariancrisis #family #identity #humanstoryies #humanencounter #documentaryphotography #migration @ACF_uk @acf_france - #regrann

Urban Gardens

Urban farming is done by the older generation, a study in Freetown found that the average age of equal male and females framers are 50 years old.
Much of the farming is done on rented land. Security on these grounds is extremely weak as owners might decide to convert the plots for info^romal housing or pass it on to an other better farmer. in which case the former farmer is losing his work and the crop.
Mostly the plots are used to cultivate fast growing leafy vegetables. Rice is grown, but due to the insecurity of tender, it is rarer.

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IOCC's nutrition program has saved many lives from the threat of death due to malnutrition. Weighing only five pounds at birth, Ahmad, was 14 pounds at age 20 months when he received treatment for acute malnutrition from IOCC. The young Syrian refugee boy responded well to the treatment, has gained weight and now plays actively with his favorite toys. Photo: Rana Hage/IOCC

For this family, the signs of a crisis did not start with a news conference in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya 600 miles away; it started years and grindingly slow yet predictable. In Bokool south central Somalia. Live in the semi-desert belt of the Horn of Africa is a delicate balance act of carrying through every child, adult. Every drop of milk, a shower of rain or patch of grazing must be wisely and not hasty utilised.
They realised 2 seasons back that things will get critical. The herd of animals where getting weak during the dry spell. The females did not give birth to new calves or lambs. With the animals in crisis, the one pillar of their home economy was in question. The land where they cultivate sorghum gave them just yield for two maybe three months. It was evident to the mother that the coming years, will be catastrophic.
All they could do in the drought is selling off their animals, one by one and hope for rain and pasture to return.
An old man jumps into the conversation; in a typical year, a family would need to bring four or five strong goats and a cave to the market to exchange for food and other necessities that would get them through the worst of the lean season until the next rain and harvest have a year away. But in a drought and during conflict prices of food commodities would double and triple. Then a goat is worth only a few meals.
In addition the conflict made it risqué for her husband to leave their children without protection while going in search of better pasture.
The herd, was sold off, the rains did not come back nor did the conflict stop. At this point, they had to abandon home and exchange their independence and home for displacement and handouts of charity.
#Ethiopia #Somalia #humansofSomalia #Conflict #Africa #moving, #UN #foodcrises #malnutrition #foodinsecurity #acutemalnutrition #documentaryphotography #photographer #photojournalist #poverty #humanitariancrisis #family #identity #humanstoryies #humanencounter #documentaryphotography #migration @ACF_uk @acf_france #drought #hunger

Abou Zenebou, 18, her husband Sambo and son Zongabona, three, have been in Douya since fleeing their home in Jean Basse along with around 100 others in April. ‘Men started shooting during the night. I was scared of dying - someone was killed right in front of me. We ran into the bush, then took four days to walk here. At home we have our own fields, but everything here costs money and we have none. I don’t know if we can ever go back,’ she says.
#cnetralafricarepublic #humansofCAR #everdayafrica #EastAfrica #foodinsecurity #acutemalnutrition #documentaryphotography #photographer #photojournalist #poverty #humanitariancrisis #family #humanstoryies #humanencounter #development

Very excited 3rd International Food Photography and Film Photographers! Food for Live category, with host Jay Rayner 2017 Pink® Lady Food Photographer of the Year is announced! @foodphotographyaward #award #Kenya #pokot #humansofKenya #everdayafrica #EastAfrica #foodinsecurity #acutemalnutrition the #documentaryphotography #photographer #photojournalist #poverty #humanitariancrisis #family #humanstoryies #humanencounter #development

Poor diets and malnutrition in Kenya
Diets in the dry region of North West Pokot, Kenya, are mainly cereal-based, missing a variety of vegetables, leaves and fruits for most of the year except the season of plenty following the annual rains. White maize, sorghum and millet are the key staples. These foods are high in phytate and fibre, which inhibit the absorption of micronutrients such as zinc and iron.
Communities are growing maize, and other cash crops have a little extra land for varied food crops. Although households may own cattle, goats and poultry, commonly these are not consumed but sold to add to the household income. Diets are mostly comprised of porridge prepared by boiling water and mixing crushed starchy cereals or casava roots. This is the never changing menu in many homes, lacking in most essential elements of healthy eating.
Poor children in households, with limited capacity to grow or purchase food and milk, therefore have a suboptimal intake of proteins and micronutrients; which contribute to poor child health, child growth development and may result in malnutrition.
#Kenya #pokot #humansofKenya #everdayafrica #EastAfrica #foodinsecurity #acutemalnutrition #documentaryphotography #photographer #photojournalist #poverty #humanitariancrisis #family #humanstoryies #humanencounter #development

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For this family, the signs of a crisis did not start with a news conference in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya 600 miles away; it started years and grindingly slow yet predictable. In Bokool south central Somalia. Live in the semi-desert belt of the Horn of Africa is a delicate balance act of carrying through every child, adult. Every drop of milk, a shower of rain or patch of grazing must be wisely and not hasty utilised.
They realised 2 seasons back that things will get critical. The herd of animals where getting weak during the dry spell. The females did not give birth to new calves or lambs. With the animals in crisis, the one pillar of their home economy was in question. The land where they cultivate sorghum gave them just yield for two maybe three months. It was evident to the mother that the coming years, will be catastrophic.
All they could do in the drought is selling off their animals, one by one and hope for rain and pasture to return.
An old man jumps into the conversation; in a typical year, a family would need to bring four or five strong goats and a cave to the market to exchange for food and other necessities that would get them through the worst of the lean season until the next rain and harvest have a year away. But in a drought and during conflict prices of food commodities would double and triple. Then a goat is worth only a few meals.
In addition the conflict made it risqué for her husband to leave their children without protection while going in search of better pasture.
The herd, was sold off, the rains did not come back nor did the conflict stop. At this point, they had to abandon home and exchange their independence and home for displacement and handouts of charity.
#Ethiopia #Somalia #humansofSomalia #Conflict #Africa #moving, #UN #foodcrises #malnutrition #foodinsecurity #acutemalnutrition #documentaryphotography #photographer #photojournalist #poverty #humanitariancrisis #family #identity #humanstoryies #humanencounter #documentaryphotography #migration @ACF_uk @acf_france #drought #hunger

@Regrann from @sam_bronx - The Displaced and ignored in Central African Republic

Already chronically poor and unstable, CAR's largely forgotten conflict has worsened a dire situation, disrupting food production and basic services and leaving swaths of territory under the control of armed groups and warlords. Today the UN says 2.3 million people are in need of aid, and half the population are without enough food.
Aisatou, 50, and Oumaron, 61, stand in the room they live in with their three grandchildren, pictured, in Koui. They also fled Sangodoro two months ago, and now survive by collecting wood to sell. 'Most of the houses in our village have been burned, so it would be difficult to go back,' says Oumaron. Angrily waving his arm over the wall he rattles off a list of nearby settlements, saying: 'They are all empty.' Photo: Samuel Hauenstein Swan Al Jazeera Text Paula Dear

#CentralAfricanRepublic #humansofCAR #Conflict #Africa #moving, #UN #foodcrises #malnutrition #foodinsecurity #acutemalnutrition #documentaryphotography #photographer #photojournalist #poverty #humanitariancrisis #family #identity #humanstoryies #humanencounter #documentaryphotography #migration @ACF_uk @acf_france - #regrann

The Displaced and ignored in Central African Republic

Already chronically poor and unstable, CAR's largely forgotten conflict has worsened a dire situation, disrupting food production and basic services and leaving swaths of territory under the control of armed groups and warlords. Today the UN says 2.3 million people are in need of aid, and half the population are without enough food.
Aisatou, 50, and Oumaron, 61, stand in the room they live in with their three grandchildren, pictured, in Koui. They also fled Sangodoro two months ago, and now survive by collecting wood to sell. 'Most of the houses in our village have been burned, so it would be difficult to go back,' says Oumaron. Angrily waving his arm over the wall he rattles off a list of nearby settlements, saying: 'They are all empty.' Photo: Samuel Hauenstein Swan Al Jazeera Text Paula Dear

#CentralAfricanRepublic #humansofCAR #Conflict #Africa #moving, #UN #foodcrises #malnutrition #foodinsecurity #acutemalnutrition #documentaryphotography #photographer #photojournalist #poverty #humanitariancrisis #family #identity #humanstoryies #humanencounter #documentaryphotography #migration @ACF_uk @acf_france

Abou Zenebou, 18, her husband Sambo and son Zongabona, three, have been in Douya since fleeing their home in Jean Basse along with around 100 others in April. ‘Men started shooting during the night. I was scared of dying - someone was killed right in front of me. We ran into the bush, then took four days to walk here. At home we have our own fields, but everything here costs money and we have none. I don’t know if we can ever go back,’ she says.
#cnetralafricarepublic #humansofCAR #everdayafrica #EastAfrica #foodinsecurity #acutemalnutrition #documentaryphotography #photographer #photojournalist #poverty #humanitariancrisis #family #humanstoryies #humanencounter #development

Where Breakfast is the only meal.

Elisabeth and her three children shelter from the sun in their derelict hut. She tells me that her husband, an alcoholic, has abandoned them. Most of the time he is drinking at the market. The hut belongs to his family. For now, they tolerate her staying here. Sometimes she can help out on a farm, but payment is sparse. If her husband hears that she found work he will show up to demand a share of the earnings to fuel his drinking habit.
Rural poverty in Kenya is significantly more intense and widespread than in urban centres. Two-thirds of households in Pokot County are living below the national poverty line; a quarter has less than 10 GBP per month. Elisabeth’s family is one of them: spread over a month; she can just afford two tea cups of cornmeal a day between the four. A single meal a day. They can not afford anything more than a plain porridge, no salt, sugar, fruit or vegetable.
She delays breakfast as long she can face the children begging her for food. When we arrive, it is well past ten a clock. The oldest daughter just started a smouldering fire in the corner of the hut, to heat the water for the cornflower.
The rest of the day they will get hungry and wait for the day to end. Maybe tomorrow there will be work and Elisabeth will be quick to get to the shop before her man appears to demand his cut.

#Kenya #humansofKenya #EastAfrica #poverty #moving, #gender #genderequality #foodcrises #malnutrition #foodinsecurity #acutemalnutrition #documentaryphotography #photographer #photojournalist #poverty #humanitariancrisis #family #humanstoryies #humanencounter #documentaryphotography #everydayafrica

The Smoked fish business

70 % of fish consumed in Sierra Leone and the wider region comes from smokeries like this one in Susan’s Bay.
Dried and smoked fish can easily be processed, stored and transported over long distances and with out refrigeration. Not much investment is required at any stage of the process which is particularly advantageous to women lead small time traders, and transporter. Often the raw fish is caught, processed, and marketed by the same family unit. Men mostly involved in the fishing while the women are responsible for smoking and selling of the goods. The sector provides income and employment for hundreds of thousands of mostly poor communities like this slum.
Smoked fish supplies protein, fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids to the diet. An are a staple to most meals in the region. On the other hand, low-tech technologies are fuel inefficient and contribute to high rates of deforestation, including coastal mangroves, leading to the loss of habitat. The traditional product is heavily smoked, with elevated levels of carcinogenic products of partial combustion, linked to a high incidence of stomach cancers within the region. Inefficient kilns also contribute to unhealthy working conditions for fish processors, and their families.
#SierraLeone #humansofSierraLeone # #WestAfrica #moving, #gender #genderequality #knowlage #foodcrises #malnutrition #foodinsecurity #acutemalnutrition #documentaryphotography #photographer #photojournalist #poverty #humanitariancrisis #family #identity #humanstoryies #humanencounter #documentaryphotography #diversity #immigration #migration #migreat @acf_uk @acf_france

Very excited 3rd International Food Photography and Film Photographers! Food for Live category, with host Jay Rayner 2017 Pink® Lady Food Photographer of the Year is announced! @foodphotographyaward #award #Kenya #pokot #humansofKenya #everdayafrica #EastAfrica #foodinsecurity #acutemalnutrition the #documentaryphotography #photographer #photojournalist #poverty #humanitariancrisis #family #humanstoryies #humanencounter #development

Very exited exited I am selected for next week's International Food Photography and Film Photographers! Only 3 days until the 2017 Pink® Lady Food Photographer of the Year is announced! @foodphotographyaward
@foodphotography #award #Kenya #pokot #humansofKenya #everdayafrica #EastAfrica #foodinsecurity #acutemalnutrition #documentaryphotography #photographer #photojournalist #poverty #humanitariancrisis #family #humanstoryies #humanencounter #development

Poor diets and malnutrition in Kenya
Diets in the dry region of North West Pokot, Kenya, are mainly cereal-based, missing a variety of vegetables, leaves and fruits for most of the year except the season of plenty following the annual rains. White maize, sorghum and millet are the key staples. These foods are high in phytate and fibre, which inhibit the absorption of micronutrients such as zinc and iron.
Communities are growing maize, and other cash crops have a little extra land for varied food crops. Although households may own cattle, goats and poultry, commonly these are not consumed but sold to add to the household income. Diets are mostly comprised of porridge prepared by boiling water and mixing crushed starchy cereals or casava roots. This is the never changing menu in many homes, lacking in most essential elements of healthy eating.
Poor children in households, with limited capacity to grow or purchase food and milk, therefore have a suboptimal intake of proteins and micronutrients; which contribute to poor child health, child growth development and may result in malnutrition.
#Kenya #pokot #humansofKenya #everdayafrica #EastAfrica #foodinsecurity #acutemalnutrition #documentaryphotography #photographer #photojournalist #poverty #humanitariancrisis #family #humanstoryies #humanencounter #development

Cheposokoi: Story from the field in West Pokot Kenya
Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TRFwobj1Yk Jason Atherton @_jasonatherton appeal for @acf_uk
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.” It will take some days and weeks but little Pkorir is now on the road to recovery. Here he can get therapeutic formula which he is wolfing down. After days of having no appetite, this is already a big improvement. more at www.SamBronx-Photo.ch

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Carry a double burden in the Land of Safari

Nancy Lomwai, the mother of twins in West Pokot, Kenya, says ‘‘carrying my two babies is burdensome. I still can take a motorbike for some of the journey, although I do not have enough money to go the whole way. The weekly commute to the nutrition clinic is very tiring, Good thing I have no other children at home I could not come here.
Not only is the travel arduous on the mothers, once they arrive they might find out the nutrition clinic has supply shortages, meaning they have to return empty handed. Weekly growth monitoring is essential for the treatment of acute malnutrition the twins are suffering with.

Empty or low stock levels are a frequent yet avoidable reality in many clinics here and elsewhere. Breaks in the supply chain of therapeutic foods can have a significant impact on attendance, coverage and eventually the effectiveness of entire regional programmes. Finding that after a troublesome journey there is not treatment is a leading cause nutrition treatment services being perceived as unreliable, absenteeism and mothers not returning to next weekly monitor visits.
In the case of Nancy, a visit comes at a considerable cost and time she can not devote to her home, petty trade and frame. If the risk is high to find stockouts, it is the number one factor in her assessment if the of distance and cost to travel to the clinic is acceptable. “People are patient and do not complain all that much even though some have come here from very far away.” comments the Community Health Worker at the clinic. “However if we have not had supplies for some weeks or months, many of the mothers will not return for a second or third visit.” #Kenya #Pokot #humansofKenya @everdayafrica #EastAfrica #malnutrtion #SAM #healthcare #acutemalnutrition #documentaryphotography #photographer #photojournalist #poverty #humanitariancrisis #family #humanstoryies #humanencounter #development @CMN @acf_uk

Familie Portrait with a Gap.
Twins Girls, three boys, their Grandmother and their father Joseph Ngolemwai. The mother is missing. One late evening on the way home from selling charcoal at the market, the mother attempted to cross a river, Swollen with rainwater from the distant mountains, the current was powerful. She must have lost her balance and unable to swim she was ripped away by the stream.
The next day, a shepherd found the body further down in the river bed. She had drowned. The temporary rivers are a great danger to travellers in the Pokot plain in far north-west Kenya. Trickles in dry riverbeds swell quickly and trap commuters off guard. While much of Kenya's roads have been improved, fortified with drainage and bridges have been build, Pokot has not seen any of this development. Dirt roads are quickly flooded by rivers that are feed far away in the rift valley mountains.
Her husband is left with the orphans, getting help from their grant mother. He continues to carbonise the wood, but with no help going to the market, he is not able to sell as much. Plus pyrolysis, the process of making charcoal is taking several days and nights. He can only do it on moonlight nights. If the monthly big market day is falling close to full moon, he can not get ready with the coal and misses selling for the months.
Not only do they grief their mother and his wife these days the children often have no food for a day or two or must find wild leaves to add to their corn porridge.
#Kenya #pokot #humansofKenya #everdayafrica #EastAfrica #foodinsecurity #acutemalnutrition #documentaryphotography #photographer #photojournalist #poverty #humanitariancrisis #family #humanstoryies #humanencounter #development #acf #acf_uk #acf_us #cmn

Jartu and Emmuel Kamara are living at the Moa Wharf fish smoker. The place is intensely fume filled one’s eyes are burring and fill with tears. Emmuel is buying the fish from the boats that come in in the morning. it is a great expense and if she has not the full amount she would need to take a credit which is costly. The must invest more than she will earn in two months to get good fish that are of the size that the people would buy. The wood is expensive as well the fish will smoke for the rest of the day. She must be careful that the wood is not burring too quick or she must buy an additional bundle.
On the second day, Emmuel must head out before sun raise. Leaving her child behind. She must reach the market in good time to get a favourable location to attract buyers. The completion is great, and she must make sure that all is sold by lunch or the fish is spoiled in the hot weather.
Jartu is ok now she was malnourished in the past. Form the Action Against Hunger Community Health Worker that is spearing the health and nutrition messages she learned how to optimise the care environment her girl is growing up in. Emmuel learned what foods are good for her daughter. Jartu is now eating more Banana, Pineapples and Fish not just as a treat but she is bringing some home when she returns. The mother is still worried to leave her along for the days she spends at the market and hopes Jartu is not drinking bad water or eating spoiled foods. Her worries are certainly well placed the sewer is only meters from where we sitting and the pigs feeding in there are going in and out and walking through he fish smokery their home. In the rainy season the cannel is often over flowing and flooding their place.
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Thrilling announcement a second picture Itook is included in the People’s Choice voting open now till 5th April. @foodphotoaward now open !! link below

Depa’s failed harvest Rains have been sparse in West Pokot, North Wast Kenya, Depa’s corn field is scorched and ruined. Like many he faces an uncertain year ahead with little food to provide for his family. He has some livestock left, which he will need to sell to buy food. With poor rains and ruined crops, malnutrition is a big concern in the region.
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Please vote. Thrilling announcement a picture i took of father and son in Central Africa Republic is included in the People’s Choice voting @foodphotoaward now open !! Head over to Vote! Select category World Food Programme Food for Life category @wfp_geneva.
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In the shadow of the children hospital, Sierra Leone
The parents of Aminata were not aware of the nutrition clinic at their National Children Hospital Ola During in Freetown, which is only a few minutes walk away. This story is not unusual; many children fell ill with malnutrition to not get the right treatment. The @acf_uk coverage survey made in this area found that just half of all malnourished children are seeking the free nutrition program

The reasons not to inquire for nutrition assistance are unique to every child and family. Maybe the Community Health Workers volunteers, who live in these areas were not sufficiently supported to go out and talk to the young parents to alert them to the issue. Maybe the clinic has insufficient therapeutic food supplements, or the staff are asking for fees and other contribution, which low-income families can hardly afford.
The caregivers have their reasons not to be able to bring their child. Some do not connect hunger and health. Consequently, do not ask the hospitals but go to the traditional healers for help. They can not afford the hidden cost at the clinics. The employer might not let them take time off and not earning even a day is not an option. Siblings cannot easily be left alone. They feel ashamed and judged by others.
Most of all the nurses and doctors must be respectful, so malnourished children return to their communities, and their caregivers spread the word and encourage other mothers and fathers to seek assistance. The hospital must fight corruption, it’s staff must be banned from asking for “fees”, and waiting times must be minimised.

Two weeks later we pass the house of Aminata again. Her mum and a friend are chatting; she is sitting on her lap. The girl has discharged from the inpatient service and is now playing happily. The mother is telling us that she will tell all her neighbours to visit the hospital if she sees “thin thin” children, the Creole for acute malnutrition.
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The Charcoal seller.
Ruth is the baby hold up to me by the Charcoal seller, how pulled it from her shack. She is not the mother but is trading on the doorstep of Ruth home. The mother is not here; she has to go every morning early to the marked to sell pineapple pieces and returns late afternoon. The father has long disappeared or moved on.
Ruth’s mother does not like to abandon the four-month-old but has little choice. The Charcoal seller tells me how the mother is frequently crying when she is leaving for the market. She pleas with the neighbours to give the child corn porridge she places next to her daughter in the morning. Sometimes somebody takes pity and give it to the little one other days they too are excessively busy trying to make some cash to survive. Ruth is extremely malnourished.
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