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Emergency food for Nasteho

Ethiopia, December 6, 2012

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Seven-month-old Nasteho was born in the middle of the worst drought Ethiopia — and the entire Horn of Africa — has experienced in 60 years. The pasture lands her nomadic herding family depends on dried up and their animals — the ones that have not died or been sold — can no longer produce milk.

Living in such a remote area means her mother, Fadumo, is not only worried about where to find food — she's also far from regular medical care and worries about her baby's health.

But she was able to bring little Nasteho to a recent visit from one of Mercy Corps' mobile health units. The team diagnosed Nasteho with malnutrition and provided her mother with fortified food to help her daughter reach the healthy weight for her age.

After that, Fadumo will get continued supplies of grain and oil to feed her family through the hunger crisis.

While Mercy Corps is working to help families here replant and replace lost livestock to build resilience for the future, getting emergency food to remote communities without any other support remains crucial.

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