Even amongst a dozen or so children, covered in dust from months of South Sudan’s blistering dry season, little Agol stood out. Her tummy was visibly larger than the others … bloated from voracious parasites that have invaded her tiny body.
Her mother, Awoot, had come to the World Concern seed fair that day in hopes of obtaining the tools to plant crops for her hungry family.
Devastating rains and severe flooding in 2012 had destroyed their crops. And Awoot was left with no food to feed her four children.
But as the murky floodwaters seeped into the village, they brought something else, just as threatening. Sickness.
“The children got diseases—malaria and others … They got stomach aches and headaches,” recalled Awoot. Young Agol got sick with diarrhea and she lost some of her hair, Awoot said.
Even after the floodwaters receded, little Agol’s sickness lingered …
“Her belly is big from this,” said her mom … a telling sign of worms, no doubt.
Parasites, like the ones making Agol so sick, enter a child’s weakened body through contaminated water, food (eaten with dirty hands after going to the bathroom), or even the soles of her bare feet. They are easily spread to others, especially when family members lack access to clean water, toilets, and proper hygiene.
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