A Malnourished Toddler’s Recovery in Central African Republic

For more than 70 years, UNICEF has been putting children first, protecting their rights and providing the assistance and services they need to survive and thrive. 


The day Prosper rushed his son Pierre to the health center, the frighteningly emaciated 3-year-old barely clung to life. During the 7-mile walk from their village to the nearest health center outside Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic (CAR), the desperate father prayed: “I didn’t know if I was going to get to the hospital with Pierre alive. Even if I made it, I didn’t know if he would make it. I wondered if God’s plan was to take him back.”


Since his birth, Pierre and his family had been surviving on little more than prayers. Pierre’s mother died shortly after he was born. With no job in a country…

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