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Malnourished child with mother, Somalia

Malnourished child with mother, Somalia

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PETER MENZEL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PETER MENZEL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Severe malnutrition. A mother breast-feeding her severely under-nourished child. The child shows many signs of kwashiorkor syndrome, including thinning of the hair and skin, a variety of skin lesions, loss of pigmentation and severe ulceration. In such cases it is unusual to see a child feeding, as kwashiorkor is often associated with anorexia. Going through the motions of breast feeding may provide some psychological comfort for the child, even though little milk will be available. Photographed in the Merca refugee camp, Somalia.

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