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A food distribution centre, Kenya.

The burden on mothers

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UNICEF correspondent Thomas Nybo reports on the burden on mothers in northern Kenya.

Mothers themselves are made vulnerable from hunger in times of drought, and their workload increases when their husbands are away for long periods in search of water and pasture for the herd. If a child falls sick, a mother cannot leave her other children to seek medical care at a distant town many days' walk away. She may be faced with a terrible dilemma of being unable to get the care needed for all of her children.