Madjie is slowly wasting away. She is so weak from hunger that she can't walk or even stand. "She can't hold herself up because she is suffering," her mother, Nadia said. Lack of food has taken a toll on Madjie's frail little body. She is often sick with fevers and diarrhea, and she has "a lot of rashes on her body," Nadia said.
Can you imagine having constant, agonizing stomach cramps from never having enough food? Little Evelyn can… and she's only 2 ½ years old. All she has ever known in her young life is hunger. Evelyn's belly is swollen from malnutrition, and she is in danger of growing thinner and sicker each day.
Hunger and a house threatening to collapse upon her are taking their toll on Nadjouska, 2, in Haiti. Nadjouska was still in her mother’s womb when her family’s life in Haiti came crashing down. Her father, who was working in the Dominican Republic to help care for the family had suddenly died, leaving Nadjouska’s mom, Nadia, a widow without a means to provide for her children.
Belonique, 35, faces this problem all the time. She is a single mother in Haiti who has no means to provide for her two little ones, Jovani, 1, and Youvens, 2. The children cry when they are hungry and it is not unusual for them to fall asleep hungry as well. So, their mother must resort to begging for food from neighbors.
The dangerous streets of Colombia are no place for a mother to sleep with her two young daughters. But Carmen, 37, had no choice but to abandon her middle-class life in Venezuela for these streets when her schoolteacher’s salary could not buy enough food to keep her daughters, Falete, 11, and Cielo, 1, alive.