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Surafeal Mearig, a 3 month old baby is among many children who are malnourished in Ethiopia’s war-torn region of Tigray.


The 14-month civil war that has also spread to the neighbouring Afar and Amhara regions, has made many children like Surafeal lie helpless at the biggest hospital in Tigray, the Ayder Referral Hospital.

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Photos released by the hospital show the child with eyes wide open, and his ribs pressed against his thin-wrinkled skin.  


Surafeal’s paediatrician at the Hospital in Tigray’s capital, Mekelle, told Reuters news agency that he weighs 2.3kg, one kilogramme less than he weihed at birth.

Heartbreaking photos of the malnourished 3 month old baby whose hungry mother can


According to medical notes published by the hospital’s staff, his mother’s milk has dried up and his parents, now both unemployed, cannot afford to buy formula milk for him to feed on.

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