Traditions in Chad harm, kill underfed children - Article Photos 3/19

ADVANCE FOR SATURDAY DEC 22, 2012 In this Nov. 5, 2012 photo, Aicha Ismail, cradles her eight-month-old son, Moustafa Abdallah Lamine, just after his epiglottis and four unerupted baby teeth have been removed as a traditional treatment for vomiting and diarrhea, at the home of a healer in Moussoro, Chad. In this Sahel nation, childhood malnutrition and related mortality persist at alarming rates, despite the fact that most affected families live within a day's journey of internationally-funded nutrition clinics. One reason is that families, bound by local custom, choose instead to seek traditional treatments, which can lead to the very infections that kill their undernourished children.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)