War wounds are not the only consequences of conflict. The attending damage to health infrastructure and a lack of supplies also contribute to the spread and exacerbation of disease. Here, Méda and Mathuri stand with their 18-month-old son Therence outside Bossangoa hospital. The boy is suffering from malaria, the fourth time he has contracted the disease in his short life. “We are very worried this time,” says Mathuri. “He hasn’t eaten anything for the past five days and he is extremely tired.” Most of the patients affected by malaria in Bossangoa are under
the age of five.