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 South Sudan 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.
South Sudan has been beset by frequent conflict since it gained independence in 2011. Over two million South Sudanese people have since fled into neighbouring countries. 1.74 million people are displaced inside the country. When fighting started, civilians looked for protection and refuge at existing United Nations bases and these have become Protection of Civilian camps (PoCs). In 2017, famine was declared in some parts of the country and currently 61 per cent of the population do not have sufficient access to food.
Concern’s nutrition work in South Sudan focuses on the prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition in children under five and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
To reach the most remote communities Concern has mobile health teams, provides training to government health staff and supports 49 government health facilities to ensure that children can receive treatment for the three killer diseases – malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea.
Photographer Abbie Trayler-Smith travelled to South Sudan and said: