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May 23, 2009 - The New York Times
"The Hidden Hunger"

Nick Kristof reports on malnutrition in West Africa, specifically about "hidden hunger," or a lack of proper  micronutrients - iron, zinc, vitamin A, iodine - in one's diet. 

While visitng HKI's program in Guinea for this article, Kristof interviewed HKI's Shawn Baker:

"That image of a starving child in a famine doesn’t represent the magnitude of the problem,” notes Shawn Baker of Helen Keller International, a New York-based aid group working in this area. "For every child who is like that, you have 10 who are somewhat malnourished and many more who are deficient in micronutrients.

"Lack of iron is the most widespread nutrition deficiency in the world, and yet you can’t really see it," he added.

 

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