Two-year-old Rabia lives in Djibouti, East Africa. In 2011, East Africa suffered its worst drought in 50 years. Food prices are spiralling out of control because of pressures like climate change, and Rabia’s family cannot afford to buy the food they need to live. As a result, Rabia can't get enough nourishing food.
Although Rabia is two years old, she's not walking yet. Every day when her older sister Safa returns home from school, she tries to teach Rabia to walk. But Rabia's tiny legs are too weak to support her body.
Luckily for Rabia, her village has a new health centre, supported by UNICEF, where community health volunteers now monitor children's nutrition. She was diagnosed as severely malnourished and has been given peanut paste to eat every day. It's packed with the nutrients she needs to get stronger. Since taking the peanut paste, Rabia is able to stand up by herself. But it's uncertain whether she will ever be able to walk.
It's wrong that children like Rabia should suffer when there is enough food for everyone.
It's time to act.