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This late 1960s photograph, was captured inside a relief camp during the Nigerian-Biafran war, and depicted a gathering of children, outside of a Nigerian orphanage (see PHIL 6903), who exhibited symptoms of a dietary protein deficiency known as kwashiorkor. Referred to as flag sign, the hair of a number of these children had turned light colored, which is one of the symptoms of this disease. Other symptoms include edema, inadequate growth, and weight loss. These relief camps provided feeding wards where doctors from the National Communicable Disease Center (NCDC) were on call 24-hours a day, monitoring 100 or more, malnourished, stage-four kwashiorkor children.
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