Aug. 15, 2011
Abukar Ibrahim, right, helps his 5-year-old daughter, Maryam, sip medicine at a local hospital in Mogadishu. Maryam was brought to the hospital due to a bout of severe diarrhea and vomiting. The U.N. warned that a cholera outbreak in Somalia, which claimed at least 181 lives in just one Mogadishu hospital this year, could quickly spread, as thousands flee famine in the south. The intestinal infection, often linked to contaminated drinking water, causes severe diarrhea and vomiting, leaving small children especially vulnerable to death from dehydration, according to the U.N.