Marcus Bleasdale, the photojournalist from VII agency, visits Djibouti

Médecins Sans Frontières and VII Photo Agency create a new visual identity for global malnutrition


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In October 2009, the photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale travelled to Djibouti City for the documentary project Starved for Attention - a collaboration between the photographers of the renowned photojournalist agency VII and one of the leading humanitarian organisations, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

'We are a small part of a big system,' says a field doctor at the MSF centre in Djibouti, 'we are trying to save what we see everyday, and more and more understanding that the solution is bigger than that.'

Using photography and documentary short films, Starved for Attention gives a new visual identity to malnutrition which affects nearly 195 million children across the world and emphasises the great potential for combating early childhood malnutrition.

Starved for Attention will tour the north east of the States in the weeks before World Food Day (16 October) and will be accompanied by a mobile therapeutic feeding centre to illustrate how malnutrition is treated in the field.


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