At just 7 months old.
You only have to look at the before and after images to understand Minhaj Gedi Farah’s remarkable story of survival.
When the 7-month-old Somali boy was admitted to the International Rescue Committee’s hospital in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee complex, he was emaciated and on the brink of death.
His family was one of hundreds of thousands of Somalis who streamed across the border hoping to flee the fighting and famine that is engulfing their country. They braved punishing conditions, including heat and dust as they traveled to Kenya, many of them on foot.
Weighing just 6.83 pounds, Minhaj’s cheeks were gaunt and his body was skeletal. But after three months of care, nourishment including the vitamin packed peanut and three blood transfusions by the doctors at the IRC hospital, Minhaj is now a picture of health.
“We saw a completely different child,” said the IRC’s head nurse-nutritionist Sirat Amin.