Picture Story: Childhood Malnutrition in Afghanistan

May 7, 2014

By David Walker

© Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

Because of local customs and security concerns, Daniel Berehulak struggled to capture intimate moments between mothers and children for a story about childhood malnutrition in Afghanistan. In this photo, a mother seeks treatment for her 8-month-old son at a hospital in Lashkar Gah.

Daniel Berehulak’s photo story about a sudden epidemic of severe childhood malnutrition in Afghanistan is difficult viewing. The distended bellies and prematurely aged faces of distraught children conjure the tragic images of African famines of the 1980s, and force viewers to wonder: How could this possibly happen? The New York Times reporter Rod Nordland was exploring the reasons last fall...

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