MBANDZA, Republic of Congo – Véronique Etima was worried. She could see something was wrong with the children in her community. They were showing some of the same symptoms that her niece had displayed before she died.
“At first, we didn’t know what had happened. But I could see that many children in our community were showing the same signs,” she says of Mbandza, a small indigenous village deep in the forests of the Likouala region in northern Republic of Congo. “So, I decided to learn. That’s when we realized that she had died from malnutrition.”