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

In this Nov. 5, 2012 photo, traditional healer Hakki Hassan cuts out the epiglottis of 8-month-old Moustafa Abdallah Lamine before also removing four un-erupted baby teeth as a treatment for vomiting and diarrhea, in Moussoro, Chad. In this Sahel nation, childhood malnutrition and related mortality persist at alarming rates, despite the fact that many 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, treatments which can lead to the very infections that kill their undernourished children. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)