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(January 1st - December 31st, 2005)

Robert Thien

IVRPA Summit in Savannah

Mickael Therer

Children of Karan

Karan, circle of Kangaba, southern Mali

6 October 2005 - 15:55 local time (14:55 UTC)

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Children of Karan

My second day in Mali with MSF (Doctors without Borders) to document their Malaria programme. With some 3,000 deaths per day, malaria is the number one killer of children in Africa, accounting for almost as many victims per annum as the AIDS death total in the last 15 years. Still malaria is hardly recognised as a disaster in developed countries.

I had no idea what to expect visually, even after the briefing in Bamako, or the documentation I gathered before my leave.

These children of Karan were on their way home from school, I thought. But no, the school is closed because an NGO (non-governmental organization) has stopped funding education and there won't be free notebooks and pencils this year. Today the kids came down to the village for market day in the hope that the school would have reopened, but it has not. The waiting will be prolonged until the supplies are made available and they can pay for it.

Les enfants de Karan

Ma seconde journée au Mali en reportage sur le programme malaria de MSF. La malaria (paludisme) est le premier tueur d'enfants en Afrique, avec près de 3000 victimes par jour. Presqu'autant de morts chaque année que le total des victimes du SIDA ces 15 dernières années, Pourtant, dans les pays développés, la malaria n'est toujours pas considérée comme une priorité.

Je n'ai aucune idée de ce que je vais voir, même après le briefing à Bamako ou la documentation récoltée avant mon arrivée.

Les enfants de Karan de retour de l'école, je le pensais mais il n'en est rien car l'école est fermée depuis que l'ONG (Organisation Non Gouvernementale) qui distribuait les fournitures scolaires a arrêté son programme de financement: pas de cahiers ni de crayons gratuits cette année. Les gosses sont venus au village dans l'attente de voir l'école recommencer, mais il faudra encore attendre de trouver les fournitures de base et que chacun les paie.

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