Trauma link to malnutrition in CAR

April 23, 2014

"Data collected at a hospital clinic for malnourished children in the Central African Republic (CAR) suggests that many of the childrens’ parents present symptoms of post-traumatic stress directly linked to their exposure to extreme violence, according to the NGO Action Against Hunger (ACF). The country has been in turmoil for more than a year, and ethno-religious violence since December has forcibly displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Stephanie Duverger, a psychologist working for ACF, told IRIN that in interviews with 156 parents of children treated for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) at the Complexe Pediatrique in the CAR capital Bangui, 60 percent described having symptoms suggestive of post-traumatic stress disorder, although they might not develop the condition."