In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 4.2 million children suffer from acute malnutrition. It is a silent crisis of staggering proportions. Manginza lives in Kahemba in Kwango province, a remote town 80 km from the Angolan border which has suffered since the illegal cross-border diamond trade collapsed after the end of the Angolan civil war in 2002.
Abject poverty is driving people in this region to abandon their families for job opportunities in Angola’s mine region. When Manzinga's daughter migrated to Angola for work, she left behind two small children which Manzinga takes care of in addition to her own children. Two of the children are recovering from severe acute malnutrition: one is her 3-year-old granddaughter Trésine, the other is Manzinga's daughter Passy. “If it wasn’t for the support we received, these children may no longer be with me,” Manginza says.
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