Article Photos: Lack of food stunts Chad children, damages minds 2/9

In this Nov. 1, 2012 photo, stars fill the sky as seven-year-old Achta stands in the door of her family's cooking hut, as her mother prepares dinner over a wood fire by the light of a flashlight, in the village of Louri, in the Mao region of Chad. Achta's birth seven years ago coincided with the first major drought to hit the Sahel this decade. Climate change has meant that the normally once-a-decade droughts are now coming every few years. The droughts decimated her family's herd. With each dead animal, they ate less. In this village malnutrition has become chronic, and many children have simply stopped growing. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) PART OF A 16-PICTURE PACKAGE WITH THE STORY "CHAD STUNTED NATION" ORG XMIT: NY881