Photographer's Note


I shot this picture on the street in front of Angkor Hospital for Children. The child sleeps with empty stomach while his mother fails to produce milk, because she is hungry, too. The kid waits for the breasts to activate, and the mother waits for a miracle.

More than one third of Cambodians live below the poverty line, struggling to survive on less than $1 a day. Poverty is especially pervasive in rural areas and among children, who constitute more than half of the country’s population. Cambodia has the highest infant and under-five mortality rates in the region, at 97 and 141 per 1,000 live births, respectively. Vaccine-preventable diseases, diarrhoea, and respiratory infections are among the leading causes of childhood death. Maternal mortality is also high.(Source)

According to CARE, tonight, millions of children will go to bed hungry. In poor communities around the world, whether due to drought, conflict or disease, mothers and fathers will not be able to find enough food for their families. It's any parent's worst nightmare.

Every minute of every day, somewhere in the world, 21 children die of malnutrition and preventable diseases. Even when it doesn't kill, chronic malnutrition can cause blindness, deformities and brain damage. That's the shocking truth. But we don't have to accept it. We can choose to stop it.

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If you cannot help, please tell a friend of yours.


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