Afghanistan: Treating Child Malnutrition in Helmand
“She was vomiting and had diarrhea, and she kept losing weight,” says Mariam of her five-month-old granddaughter Nazia. “Her mother just didn’t have enough milk to feed her. We went to a private clinic but they couldn’t help us, and finally we drove here from our home district of Sangin. Nazia is feeling a little better now.”
Nazia, who still has a distended belly and a clearly visible rib cage, is one of the patients in the MSF herapeutic feeding center in Boost hospital in Lashkargah, the capital of Afghanistan’s Helmand province.
Boost hospital, where MSF has been working since 2009, is one of only two hospitals in all of southern Afghanistan. Helmand is one of the country’s most war-ravaged provinces, and has seen intense fighting over the past decades. It is home to a largely poor, rural population, even if there are signs of a growing middle class in Lashkargah.
MSF opened its feeding center in December 2011 to tackle the chronic problem of malnutrition among children in Helmand. This specialized unit helps children on the verge of starvation gain weight through assisted feeding.
Photo: An MSF staff member examines a child for malnutrition at Boost hospital.
Afghanistan 2012 © Camille Gillardeau
Pulitzer Center grantees Allison Shelley and Allyn Gaestel are in the field in Nepal, and they are posting to our In the Field Tumblr.
Nov. 26, 2012. Police officers are sprayed with milk by European milk farmers during a demonstration outside the European Parliament in Brussels. (Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert—AP)
From protests in Egypt and life in the aftermath of the Gaza conflict to Myanmar’s refugee camps and volcanic lava spilling into the ocean in Hawaii, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.
After Picasso, the $2.19 Million Dollar Camera
The AP and Atlantic Wire report that a camera belonging to TIME Magazine photographer David Douglas Duncan has sold for, well, millions. He took it with him to Vietnam during the US war there and later when he met Pablo Picasso and his family in the artist’s studio in France.
Ben Lowy’s iLibya was featured in MotherJones as part of the MotherJones-Magnum foundation partnership. His work in Libya using an iPhone examines the scars and new hopes of the revolution-torn nation.
View the essay here.
No. 19, 2012. Afghan National Army commando Khairuddin Sultan, 21, is helped up by his friend Ala Mohamed, who joined the army with him 18 months ago as an orthopedic specialist. Mohamed moulded a cast for his prosthetic legs at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) orthopedic centre in Kabul, Afghanistan.
AP photographer Bernat Armangué, who took some of the most widely seen and poignant photographs of Gaza during the recent eight day conflict between Hamas and Israel, wrote in The Guardian about his experiences taking these pictures.
He said of the above photo, of a man kissing the hand of a dead relative in the morgue at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City:
This was the last picture I took that day. I spent most of the day taking photographs of Palestinian rescue workers recovering people under the rubble of homes – some of them alive, some of them dead. That day 11 members of the al-Dallu family were killed when an Israeli missile struck the two-storey home of the family in a residential area of Gaza City. Some bodies were recovered and brought to the morgue, so I went there to take some pictures. While I was there, another family came to check if it was true that one of their relatives had been killed. They cried, held his body and one of them kissed his hand while saying goodbye. It was a rare tender moment there.
Have you submitted to FotoWeekDC’s 5th Annual International Awards Competition (November 9-18) yet? The deadline for submissions is soon — September 17, 2012 at 11:59pm PST. They have photo and photobook categories, seminars and portfolio reviews… AND *fist pump of excitement* the Pulitzer Center will be there with our own exhibit (more details to come soon).
Villagers, who had been trapped by fighting between Israel and Hezbollah for weeks, flee during a lull in hostilities, in Aitaroun, Lebanon, August 2006. This image is part of Frontlines, an exhibition of photographs by award-winning photographer, Sean Smith.
For the past decade, photographer Huang Qingjun asked families in China to carry all of their possessions outside and pose for him. The photos on BBC offer glimpses into the utilitarian lives of millions of Chinese who, at first glance, appear not to have been swept up by the same modernisation that has seen hundreds of millions of others leave for the cities.
“People’s lives have changed enormously. Maybe their incomes haven’t been affected as much as in the cities, but their thinking has,” says Huang, 42