Monday, July 25, 2011

Worst Drought In 60 Years & Anderson Cooper

The following commercial caught my attention during Thursday night's AC360. It had been awhile since I had heard anything about Plumpy'Nut. I was happy to learn that it is still being used to fight starvation.

While there has been the occasional report on CNN and there is information on their Website on the current crisis in East Africa; here's hoping Anderson and AC360 covers the story in-depth. There was a time when Mr. Cooper would have hopped a plane and been reporting from the field on a story such as this. Are those days over? In the meantime, a look back ~

In this piece Anderson did in October of 2007, he talked at length with Dr. Milton Tectonidis, the chief nutritionist for Doctors Without Borders. He spoke about the miracle of Plumpynut, "Now we have something. It is like an essential medicine. In three weeks, we can cure a kid that is looked like they're half dead. We can cure them just like an antibiotic. It’s just, boom! It's a spectacular response." And he traveled to Niger to report on how Plumpy'Nut was helping improve the situation in that country.

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And just some screen grabs, just because (more after the jump; as always, please click to enlarge) ~

Anderson reported on the famine in Niger in 2005. He wrote about it in his book, Dispatches From the Edge, A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival; and we did a retrospective post on ATA in April 2010. In case you missed it, click here.

To follow CNN correspondent David McKenzie, reporting on the current drought/famine (from Kenya) on Twitter, click here.

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1 comment:

On_Love_Street_With_Jim_Morrison said...

Thanks for posting the plumpy nut piece again. Its been a while since I've seen it. Love the look on Anderson's face when the kid he's holding starts to cry!