Famine in Somalia forces mother to choose which children lives and which one will be left behind and dies. A choice that no parent should have to make but they must, so that others will survive.
Parents fleeing the devastating famine on foot — sometimes with as many as seven children in tow — are having to make unimaginably cruel choices: Which children have the best chance to survive when food and water run low? Who should be left behind?
Parents wait with their malnourished and dehydrated children in a corridor at Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu
Dr. John Kivelenge, a mental health officer for the International Rescue Committee at Dadaab emphasizes the extreme duress Somali mothers and fathers are facing.
'It is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. They can't sit down and wait to die together,' he said.
''But after a month, they will suffer post-traumatic stress disorder, which means they will have flashbacks and nightmares.The picture of the children they abandoned behind will come back to them and haunt them,'' he said. ''They will also have poor sleep and social problems.''
Right now 250 children are dying in Somalia every day. That's one little girl or boy dead every six minutes.
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