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Severe malnourishment is having devastating effects on children in Somalia

This severely malnourished child arrived from Somalia at  Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp and is being treated at the Medecins Sans Frontier hospital in Dagahaley. Copyright:WFP/Rose Ogola.

Children being treated for severe malnutrition at a hospital

These children are being treated for severe malnutrition at the Medicins Sans Frontier hospital at Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp. They're receiving special nutrition from UNICEF while WFP provides their mother with food rations.

This eleven month old child suffers from severe malnutrition

Abdifatah Hassan, who is eleven months old and suffers from severe malnutrition, lies on a cot at a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontièrs in the biggest refugee camp in the world in Dadaab, Kenya on July 4, 2011.

Copyright: AFP PHOTO/Roberto SCHMIDT

A Mother with her two children at the Dadaab refugee camp

These children are being treated for severe malnutrition at the Medicins Sans Frontier hospital at Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp. They're receiving special nutrition from UNICEF while WFP provides their mother with food rations.

Newly arriving refugees

Newly-arrived refugees outside the recently-established reception centre at Dagahaley.

Refugees arriving at Dagahaley after walking for days

Refugees arrive at Dagahaley after walking for days or weeks with little food or water.  They are exhausted and hungry - and many of the children are malnourished and in poor condition.

Families waiting to receive their two-week rations from WFP

Once inside the reception centre, the families get wristbanded (recognised as refugees) and can then receive their two-week rations from WFP and non-food items from UNHCR.

Mariam, pictured with her two-year old son Hasan

Mariam, pictured with two-year old Hasan, is fighting for her son’s survival. They are among the thousands of Somali refugees who have arrived in Dolo Ado in Southern Ethiopia over the last week.

Aerial shot of the transit center for newly arrived refugees

Aerial shot of the transit center for newly arrived refugees in Dolo Ado (Southern Ethiopia) at the border to Somalia.

Refugees about 200 meters from the Somali Border

Refugees at the pre-registration center, about 200 m from the Somali Border, wait to enter into the transit center.

Newly arriving refugees on the last steps of their journey.

Newly arriving refugees on the last steps of their journey.

Refugees arriving at Dolo Ado (Southern Ethiopia)

New refugees arriving at Dolo Ado (Southern Ethiopia).

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