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Outside the Frame: An elderly refugee in Kenya waits for food

Associated Press photographer Schalk van Zuydam writes:

I’m covering a famine for the second time in my career — the first one was in 2005 in Niger — and I’ve found this to be a very emotional assignment, especially when the most affected are children and the elderly. The woman in this photo is sitting on the ground at a food distribution center mostly populated by Somalis in the town of Dadaab, Kenya, after being registered as a refugee. Her hands tell the story of a woman who has worked hard and suffered in her life. Most Western women of her age would be looking forward to retirement and would have access to good medical treatment. This woman’s reality is very different, as she waits with others for food handouts in the hot African sun.

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