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Photos from the drought: The malnourished in Africa

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Amadou Diko, 70 years old, is bicycling with his pickaxe and shovel to the small gold pits of the Sahel region in Burkina Faso. He scavenges for gold every day because his crops have failed after a severe drought. The drought has forced a growing number of people to become dependent on the gold pits, where they sometimes dig for several days without finding even a trace of gold.

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A severely malnourished child is weighed at a health centre in Basnere, a village on the edge of the Sahel in Burkina Faso. Because of drought and higher food prices, malnutrition has become a crisis in eight countries in West Africa this year.

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At the age of 18 months, Teni Tindano is so malnourished that she weighs just 5.8 kilograms. This photo was taken just hours after she was admitted to a hospital in the town of Kaya, in Burkina Faso, for emergency feeding. Because of a severe drought and higher food prices, her family has only one meal a day, and they have to collect wild leaves to supplement their food.

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Aissata Bamogo and her 16-month-old granddaughter, Assama Bamogo, who has been admitted to hospital twice in the past four months because of malnutrition. The grandmother says she is heartbroken because she doesn't have enough food for her family, due to the Sahel drought, a failed harvest and a doubling of food prices.

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Halima Moussa and her aunt, Fati Abdou, pounding millet for the evening meal at the home of Halima's father-in-law, Alhaji Maman Bilali, in Tessaoua in Niger. Following a failed harvest, Halima and her children have moved in with Bilali and his family, as her husband has migrated to Maradi in search of work.

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Children at the home of Alhaji Maman Bilali in Tessaoua in Niger. Following a failed harvest, Halima and her children have moved in with Bilali and his family, as her husband has migrated to Maradi in search of work.

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Roukaya Ibrahim (20 months) eating high nutrient peanut paste, a therapeutic food supplement, that she received at a Save the Children therapeutic feeding centre in Guindaoua, in the Tessaoua region of Niger. Roukaya has a Z-Score of -3, the lowest possible, indicating that she is suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

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