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In pictures: Surviving Congo
'Like dogs'

"We have lost four children in four months to fever," says Therese Tchausi (seated).

Local health official Merveille Njolombe says malnutrition is a big problem in villages like Misoke. "We also see a lot of malaria, bilharzia and intestinal worms."

Some 727,000 people died in excess of normal mortality between January 2006 and April 2007 and nearly half of these were among children under the age of five.

"Life here is difficult, we live like dogs," says Bilenda Francois.

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