A new photo exhibit in Brooklyn is giving New Yorkers a sobering look at the devastating effects of childhood malnutrition around the world. NY1's Rocco Vertuccio filed the following report.
Photographs currently on display at Grand Army Plaza tell the stories of some of the 195 million children who suffer from malnutrition.
Three million of them die every year.
"When you take malnutrition which is a global problem and you make it personal every child they're children they're one to one to one. That's what you watch: these kids," said Carissa Guild of Doctors Without Borders.
The images are designed to teach New Yorkers about the problem. The photos are part of the exhibit Starved for Attention. It's set up by the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, and features medical field tents doctors use in places like Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. Inside, visitors learn first hand from the doctors about the problem and how they save malnourished children.
"The severity of malnutrition is devastating when I was in Ethiopia there was hundreds of hundreds of families lining up in front of our tents," said Dr. Leo Ho of Doctors Without Borders.
School children from all over the city have been visiting the exhibit all week for an eye opening lesson.
"When I see that it makes me feel bad," said one student.
"It makes you want to send food and other monies," said another.
Humanitarian groups say the problem isn't a lack of food but the wrong kinds of food being donated. They say countries like the US donate food that doesn't meet the nutritional needs of a malnourished child.
Through the exhibit, humanitarian groups are trying to convince food aid programs to invest in these nutritional ready to use food packets instead.
"Everyday we are not utilizing these life-saving products is basically a failure on our part as humans," Ho said.
For more information, visit starvedforattention.org.