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Monday, September 22, 2003  

Sudan's Luckless Children, Locked in Land of Nod

.."About 300 children in and around this jungle village in southern Sudan have the mysterious ailment. It typically strikes during or just after a meal. The neurological disorder has left epidemiologists baffled. One of the few things understood about nodding is that it appears unique to southern Sudan....

Nodding is just one effect of the unusual malady. The children who begin nodding eventually stop growing when still small. Their brains stop developing as well, leaving victims mentally retarded. Eventually, the disease kills, and families dig tiny graves at the back of their mud huts....." (more here)

posted by Rahat | 9/22/2003 07:19:00 AM | |


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