In Pictures: Treating CAR's starving refugees

Those fleeing violence in the Central African Republic to Cameroon often enter the country severely malnourished.


Growing numbers of refugees from the ongoing violence in the Central African Republic have been arriving in the neighbouring country of Cameroon.

Many of those fleeing enter Cameroon in a dreadful physical condition after having spent weeks or months hiding in the bush, struggling to find food and water and sleeping out in the open, unable to return to their homes.

The most vulnerable of these refugees are children, especially those under the age of five. According to UNHCR, the United Nations' refugee agency, an estimated 40 percent of children enter Cameroon suffering from malnutrition - and for some, the journey proves to be too much. Together with Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres), UNHCR has set up a nutrition centre in the eastern Cameroonian town of Batouri.