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Fighting malaria

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In Mozambique in 2002, as clothes hang to dry nearby, Flora Mutitire, her baby strapped to her back, washes her children's mud-caked clothes in the dirty water surrounding what is left of her home, in the town of Chokwe in the southern part of the province of Gaza, one of the regions most severely affected by the flooding. Flora, her husband, four children and daughter-in-law spent three days on a rooftop with no food or safe water at the height of the flooding, followed by 10 days sheltering under trees. Home again, they are trying to reclaim their possessions and land from the mud. Their daughter-in-law has malaria and their 14-year-old daughter, Patiencia, spends her day fetching safe water from one of the few undamaged wells, several hours walking distance from their home.