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  • Herbie Boo.

  • Sorry had no time to gather her belongings.

  • She fled barefoot from gunman approaching her village.

  • But she did have one vital load.

  • Unborn twins do any day.

  • Soon after arriving at a nearby town in northern Burkina Fasso, she gave birth.

  • Her escape from violence was over.

  • Her battle with hunger had just begun.

  • Just to have the bare minimum to survive is very hard.

  • We don't eat enough and we have nothing to live from like we used to in the village.

  • It's 16 months since Habibou fled and gave birth.

  • Her boys, Hassan and Hossain, weigh 7 kg each, the same as a healthy four month old.

  • It's an escalating situation across Burkina Fasso and the wider Sahel region, where militants with links to Al Qaeda and Islamic states have killed thousands.

  • The bloodshed has worsened food shortages in a region already hit by poverty, climate change and the pandemic.

  • The United Nations says over half a million under five in Burkina Fasso are acutely malnourished.

  • On the World Food Program in October described more than 10,000 people as one step short of famine.

  • Am I not a czar?

  • Bray is a midwife.

  • It's a clinic in Kenya, where Habibou now lives, she says many of the mother she sees a suffering mental and emotional scars.

  • Some of the women here have been psychologically affected.

  • Eso How can a woman who was psychologically affected get her child out of a cycle of malnutrition?

  • The clinic is being overwhelmed by malnutrition.

  • Before the crisis, it had around 30 child patients.

  • Now it's 500 but at least it's open.

  • The violence has closed dozens of health facilities, and about 200 others are operating at minimum staff levels, government figures have shown.

  • And though many civilians are now relying on food aid, humanitarian agencies warn that they cannot reach some of the worst hit areas.

Herbie Boo.

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