One Meal A Day by Chris de Bode

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Ache Mal Ali, 80, with her daughter Amina Maloum Abba, 50 and her son Ali, 15 who is very small for his age. Chronic malnutrition has led to him being physically and mentally stunted.  <br />
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Ache's village was attacked in the night and all the men in their family were taken away or killed. They now beg to try and gather enough for one meal a day, but sometimes even that is not possible. Following the attack they fled, walking for two months and taking refuge in villages along the way, until they reached Maroua where they have lived for over two years now, struggling to scrape together the rent for a small  single story house. Food is very scarce for this family. All the food is meticulously keep in small black plastic bags and tucked into holes in the wall. Every single bean is precious.  <br />
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'They attacked our village in the night. We heard the gunshots and we ran away. I was the oldest woman. We spent days and days with no food, just water to drink. That's how we survived. And it's how we survive now. I lost my husband. Two of my sons and my daughter's husband were lost.<br />
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'Before we lived in a good condition. We were farmers, it was a happy life. Since our village was attacked, it has been a nightmare. When we arrived here it was difficult. There was nowhere for us to stay. We spent weeks outside.<br />
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'We are afraid of not having enough. We don't think about the future. Food, water, somewhere to sleep. That's what we think about.<br />
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'It's very difficult. We try to get one meal a day, but it's difficult. It's a peaceful place. We are not attacked, but conditions are very difficult.<br />
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'The children have to go out and ask for help, for food or money. Most of the time they come back with rice. We can only eat one meal a day. We spend a lot of nights without eating. The children get sick. One of the children (Ali) is sick at the moment. It's not easy to think about our situation. I don't have a choice. We have to send children out onto the street for food. But we have no choice.<br />
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