VOICES FROM THE FIELDTHE IRC BLOG
Children of the drought: Aden’s recovery
August 1, 2012 by Sophia Jones-Mwangi
|Aden rests in his grandmother's arms during a visit from IRC nutrition manager Sirat Amin. Photo: Lizzy Ongoro/IRC|
When I met Aden Abdallah Ibrahim last July he was a very sick child. I was accompanying Dr. Milhia Kader, the leader of the International Rescue Committee health team at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, as she walked the camp’s outskirts assessing the health of new arrivals. Every day, scores of desperate people fleeing drought, famine and conflict in neighboring Somalia arrived at the camp.
When three-year-old Aden arrived in Dadaab he weighed only 11 pounds. After a week of treatment in the IRC hospital Aden had gained two pounds.
Photo: Peter Biro/IRC