It’s amazing and terrible what some have to struggle with every day. But life need not be a struggle if more of us could adhere to the principles of solidarity and equity, and eventually equality, that all of us here at GlobeMed hold so dear. There is something terribly wrong when some live in unimaginable affluence, while others can only focus on their basic survival. Let’s do something about it.
Known as the “hunger gap,” rural malnutrition recurs seasonally in Burkina Faso when crops are scarce and the 80 percent of Burkinabe who depend on subsistence farming lose their primary source of nourishment. In the Starved for Attention Film “A Mother’s Devotion,” photojournalist Jessica Dimmock tenderly captures the heartbreaking emotional strains experienced by a young, hard working mother, Natasha, simply trying to feed her children. Alone at 24, she scavenges firewood to sell in the market. Her meager earnings force an impossible choice: between buying food or medicine for her three children.
Photo: Burkina Faso 2009 © Jessica Dimmock/VII