Today, over 150 million children are malnourished and this contributes to three million child deaths each year. Our new exhibition, featuring images from the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Liberia, shares the stories of the individuals behind these statistics.
Three award-winning photographers worked on the project and each brought their own distinct style and perspective to depict the issue of hunger in their own way.
The exhibition is on display at the More London Riverside development near Tower Bridge, London until the end of October 2019. However, if you can’t make it in person, or if you just can't wait to take a sneak peek, here are some of the images and stories from Liberia that will feature.
The exhibition is part of Concern’s Free From Hunger appeal. Money raised from the appeal will help ensure mothers and babies get the food, water, nutrition and healthcare they need to recover from malnourishment and stay strong and healthy in the long term. All donations received before 24 December will be matched pound for pound by the UK government, ensuring even more children get the nutritious food and healthcare they need to reach their full potential.
This matched funding will go towards Concern’s work to improve the health and nutrition of mothers and children under five in the Central African Republic, where poor nutrition has led to the country being ranked as the world’s hungriest. The country has one of the world’s highest rates of child mortality, ongoing conflict has severely affected the livelihoods and living conditions of over half of the population, and over a million people have been forced from their homes, severely affecting households’ livelihoods and access to food.
Fourteen years of devastating civil war in Liberia ended in 2003, leaving infrastructure destroyed and the economy shattered. The country was only starting to recover when it was hit by Ebola in 2014. The needs are enormous, with 51 per cent of the population living below the national poverty line.
Around a quarter of the population does not have access to adequate healthcare, and health facilities are limited in the nutrition services they can provide.
Concern-supported Mothers’ Groups are an effective way for mothers to exchange advice on prenatal maternal health, breastfeeding, nutrition and hygiene in the home. Cookery demonstrations show them how to prepare nutritious meals and diversify diets with vegetables and locally available fruit. The groups also attempt to address ingrained gender inequalities and support women to access savings and loans, giving them some protection in emergencies and enabling them to start building a livelihood.
Photographer Nora Lorek travelled to Liberia and said: