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Report: ‘Frail Face Of Famine’ Somali Child Expected To Recover

On the show today, Sinead Murray, an aid worker in Kenya with the International Rescue Committee, told guest host Jacki Lyden that doctors in the Dadaab refugee camp say that Mihag Gedi Farah, called the “Frail Face of Famine” by the Associated Press, is expected to recover.

Jacki Lyden: This little baby weights only about half of what he’s supposed to. What else can you tell us about this baby?

Sinead Murray: I was just talking with some health colleagues there and apparently, Mihag is starting to breast feed and he is showing signs of improvement. I think that over night that his weight dropped a little bit because of diarrhea, but he’s on the mend. And the doctors are confident that he’ll make a recovery. He may be the face of the famine, but he’s just one of countless children here that are severely malnourished and really need immediate assistance.

The Associated Press reports that “at only 7 pounds, he weighs as much as a newborn but has the weathered look of an elderly man. Mihag is just one of 800,000 children who officials warn could die across the region. Aid workers are rushing to bring help to dangerous and previously unreached regions of drought-ravaged Somalia.”

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