BBC: Niger's tiny victims of hunger

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At the feeding centre is run by Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), Johanna Sakannus says she expects the number of children to rise in the weeks ahead.

"We know that the month of August is always difficult here," she says.

"It's the last month before the harvest and it's the rainy season so we expect diseases like malaria and diarrhoea. I would be very surprised if the number of malnourished children here does not go up."

"These kids are very tough and resilient," Dr Milton Tektonidis says. "They're just hungry. Give them food and wow, in 10 days they are OK."

But not everyone does pull through. MSF says there is a mortality rate of about 5% in its camps for malnourished children in Niger.

Given that MSF has admitted about 15,000 children this year, that amounts to approximately 750 deaths.

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