Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre has held talks with government officials in Paris and Bonn (24-26 March).
GV Villagers sheltering under trees. (2 SHOTS)
SV/CU Women carrying bundles of wood on their backs. (2 SHOTS)
GV/SV Women carrying water containers. (2 SHOTS)
SV Woman holding baby, cooking on open fire. (2 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK Woman dishing beans.
SV Children eating.
SV/CU People suffering from malnutrition lined up to see the nurse. (3 SHOTS)
SV/CU Nurse examining sick children and speaking in English. (3 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK Baby being weighed.
SV/CU Emaciated child walking with difficulty. (2 shots)
SV/PAN Women standing around nurse.
SV Dishing out milk for children. (3 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK Starving child refusing to take milk.
TRANSCRIPT: NURSE: (SEQ 8) "He is completely exhausted. He won't be able to walk by himself. He also has these marks of (INDISTINCT) which you can also see on this girl of three years old, right on the belly here, which is swollen as well. So anaemia and oedemia are very, very common here. So a few weeks ago when we started and things went well, and now with this one-sided supply of milk which won't last, in a few days we won't have anything left, then we'll get back to the old state of malnourishment, and exhaustion. And then the work we have been doing up till now has been completely useless."
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Background: Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre has held talks with government officials in Paris and Bonn (24-26 March). He is seeking more economic and for his country to cope with hundreds of thousands of refugees living in 35 permanent and 7 transit camps. Despite aid from donor countries and voluntary organisations, many refugees, especially children, are suffering from acute malnutrition, partly due to bad droughts. They are housed in makeshift huts, and water supplies are available from wells which are often contaminated. The only food available is that provided by relief agencies. The arrival of truckloads of food is the only distraction for the famished women and children who make up 90 per cent of the camps' population. Cholera, typhoid and anaemia are widespread. Infant mortality is high, and the survivors are often too weak to walk or play. Every morning, lines of refugees patiently wait their turn to visit the nurse. But she can do little to relieve the suffering of hopelessness and starvation.