A young girl looks through the window of the Nodding Syndrome ward at the Health Centre III clinic in Atanga Village. Little is known about the disease although it is thought that it may be linked to the parasite that causes river blindness. It affects children, usually between 5 and 15 years old, and there is no known cure for the disease. Its cause remains unknown although some people within the communities affected by the illness attribute it to the violence inflicted on the region by Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army. According to the World Health Organisation 'Nodding Syndrome is characterised by head nodding episodes that are sometimes precipitated by the consumption of food or cold weather. They are often accompanied by convulsions or staring spells. During episodes, a child stops feeding and appears non-responsive, with or without loss of consciousness. There is deterioration of brain function in some victims, and malnutrition with growth retardation in the majority of cases.'.